Most Popular Post

Monday, 2 April 2018

Maple syrup

We hadn’t seen it before. On a recent drive through the French region of the island, we spotted a man working at the taps on his maple trees. My husband and I stopped there on the way home to take some photos. By this time, the man was gone so we couldn’t ask any questions.


 




Prince Edward Island doesn’t have many huge stands of maples. There are only four producers listed for the island this year, producing about 10% of the maple syrup used here. 


However there are a number of small family maple syrup operations such as the one we saw. We were interested to see the taps collecting the maple sap. There were a number of trees around the property with active taps that day. The trees in front of the house had four taps, one on the back side of a trunk.




We will look for some of the island’s maple products this year.





40 comments:

  1. The old way of collecting sap in shiny new buckets.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. No modern methods there AC. It works though.

      Delete
  2. How interesting. Too bad he took off.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I would have loved to speak with him Linda.

      Delete
  3. I love maple syrup and will allow myself to have a little when I can find some really good stuff. I hope you'll post about what you find. :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I will visit a store which carries local product Jan. Photos to follow.

      Delete
  4. Replies
    1. Love maple syrup in a variety of recipes. A pinch in salad dressing is delicious.

      Delete
  5. Very interesting. Too bad you did not get to talk to the man.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know. Maybe another time Mildred.

      Delete
  6. Oh yum. Hard to find the real deal here sometimes.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I don’t like manufactured syrups.

      Delete
  7. Maple syrup production is full bore here, and the warm days and freezing nights are perfect conditions. We have big producers whose taps empty into hoses that empty into a collecting tank. And, we have family stands that have old milk jugs under the taps. I love seeing it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I’d love to see one of those modern productions, Joanne.

      Delete
  8. oh how interesting. i have maple trees, i am going to google this and read about the details!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Maybe you could tap your trees, Debbie?

      Delete
  9. I always assumed you only did one tap at a time. Very interesting.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I didn’t have any idea how many taps a tree could have Barbara.

      Delete
  10. I use to have some friends in Vermont who used to tap in to their maple trees. The maple syrup was great on french toast. Now I want some. :)

    ReplyDelete
  11. How fascinating. I really look forward to learning more - and hope that the gentleman isn't so quick to disappear next time you head out that way.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is a short season EC. I hope to find some of the local product.

      Delete
  12. Maple season is in full swing here in our area as well. I love seeing the buckets hanging on the trees.

    Blessings~

    ReplyDelete
  13. That would be pretty neat if you ended up being able to buy some of the maple syrup from the place you saw.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This place was a small family production from what I could see, Danielle.

      Delete
  14. My grandparents lived in Brattleboro, Vermont and they always tapped their trees and made their own maple syrup. The room where they boiled the sap was connected to their kitchen and was also my Granddfather's shop where he made furniture. I will never forget the wonderful smell of sawdust and maple and have never experienced it in any other place. Thanks for reminding me of that.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. What a great memory Ginnie. Thank you for sharing!

      Delete
  15. I use maple syrup quite a bit but it is not cheap here. Cheers Diane

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Maple syrup is not cheap here but cheaper than it is there I imagine Diane.

      Delete
  16. That's cool. I saw some on my walk yesterday!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I’d never seen tapping before, Karen. I never saw it in Newfoundland but I know it’s done there too.

      Delete
  17. We see a lot of it here this time of year. As long as the nights go below freezing and the days are a few degrees above, the sap will run.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It’s been perfect conditions here the last week or so William.

      Delete
  18. How neat to come across this scene close enough to the road to photograph it. I tend to picture tapping being done in the middle of nowhere!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was in front of the family home, Jenny., not my idea of the setting either. Great to be able to see it though.

      Delete
  19. Interesting! I wonder how different it tastes fresh out of the tree?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I wonder what the sap tastes like too, Jenn.

      Delete