My favourite sign of spring. The sugar woods was always an annual occurrence for our family growing up and I have the fondest memories of it. We grew up going to Beaman's in Elgin where we'd explore the property, look in the buckets, watch the sap boil down while we wait for the "sugaring off".
I can't get over the goodness of maple syrup - this clear, thin liquid that transforms into the purest, most delicious treat - in so many forms!! Candy on the snow has always been my favourite.
The sugar woods fills me with so many feelings - the smells, sights, and sounds - so nostalgic and beautiful.
A lot of places use the new fandangled tubing, but I prefer the classic buckets, obviously. :)
For the past couple of years, I've been going to a sugar woods closer to home (EVERY WEEKEND) - Trites Maples. I like that it's just 20 minutes away, you enjoy a short 15-minute walk through the woods, and get to enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast in the coziest pancake house.
Two weeks ago we brought my nephew - passing the tradition on is one of the best parts!
I debated whether or not to blog about the sugar woods because it's so "commonplace", but guess what - it's not commonplace at all! Did you know that Northeastern North America is the only place in the world that produces maple syrup? The required climate - freezing nights and warm days - and sugar maples are only found here! I think that's something to celebrate! :)
According to this website, we're also the 3rd biggest maple syrup producer in the WORLD! GO NB GO!
I had 6 candies on the snow on Saturday, so I'd like to see you beat my 2017 record. I'm working on beating it too!
- For more info on the maple syrup-making process, check out this website.
- For more info on sugar woods near you, check out the Tourism NB's guide to sticky season here.
- There's also a maple sugar festival in Riverview this weekend! Find info on that here.
So, find a sugar woods or sugar bush or sugar shack (whatever you want to call it) near you and make a family memory this weekend!