Sunday, March 7, 2010
The surest sign of approaching spring in Lanark County where I live is the great clouds of steam rising from the sugar shacks.
They started a few days ago.
The sap is running, the tapping is done and the golden amber first-run syrup (the best of the crop) is coming out of the evaporators.
This is a highly mechanized, stainless steel industry now. Far from the old days of large iron stoves containing great piles of flaming wood.
I’ll be following the process this spring at my neighbour’s operation, the Fortune Farm. I’ll be documenting the process step by step, and will be posting fresh images to my website here regularly.
Please check in here from time to time?
Posted by John Fowler at 2:45 PM