Tuesday, March 18, 2014

More Sugar Shacking

 The Blog Tech and I headed out early on Sunday to another sugaring off festival.  Click any of the photos for a closer look.  I was glad to pass this guy and leave him behind! I was betting this was an accurate description.

 The lakes are still frozen.

 In this section of the state, all of the sugar shacks were on dirt roads.

 We left huge dust clouds behind us.

 The shacks were way out in the woods.

 Finally we spotted the signature smoke stack.

 What a cute little place.

 They had some syrup boiling in a cauldron over a fire.

 Great chicken coop but no chickens.

 This guy proudly brought a mouse over to us, you can see it's tail hanging out of his mouth.

 These are the tanks they fill up when they collect the sap.

 The shack is fired up.  They only had 100 gallons to boil on Sunday because the temps had dropped so low that all the sap froze.

 They made this sign out of twigs.

This was the main barn where they were selling their products.  We bought syrup, maple peanut butter and maple cotton candy.
They also showed this technique for sugaring off.  You could take one of these maple buckets and tap a tree if you wanted but it was way to cold for us so we passed.  More tomorrow!

15 comments:

Laurie M said...

what a great area and the locals are so friendly, bringing you snacks an all (( mice)), lol!!

Velva said...

I cracked up about the truck and its description….Sugar shack, very cool. Living in Florida there is no sap to be found in the trees that is edible. This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Velva

Julie said...

I like the chicken coop. I would convert it into an artist space.

Patty Woodland said...

Did you look in that cauldron? - perhaps that is where the chickens were!

Cottage Tails said...

I sure would love to actually visit a sugar shack one day! Thanks for taking us along! It looks such fun

thecottagebythecranelaketwo said...

I really like how this place look! I do like that chicken coop too! I wish I had chicken and if I did I would like to have a coop like that.

Is it snow flakes I can see in the photos?

Have a great day!
Christer.

TARYTERRE said...

Love the dog who brought you a treat. Looks like these folks had a nice operation going on there. Hope you bought lots of goodies.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

You both are such brave souls to go out sugar shacking in freezing temps. Brave than wimpy me. I am ..um..hoping that mouse was a toy? Couldn't it be a toy? With the squeeker broken? You know they make them very real looking now. So..anyway...

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

p.s. I would have tried to buy that chicken coop. :) Really cute..

Barb said...

What great little buildings.

sandra hagan said...

i love the sugar houses.

the cold reaches me through the photos. yikes.

Guillaume said...

This makes me very homesick.

Deb said...

I just loved that little sugar shack and totally swooned at the chicken coop. Thanks for brightening up a dreary London morning!

Jim said...

This was a great tour...thanks! Tis the season for maple syrup!

luckybunny said...

What a neat thing for them to do! Very cool. That truck is hilarious.