Our Nature Study Club met for our March meeting today ~ our theme this month was maple sugaring. Now, I could complain about the lousy weather (raw and rainy) but since we got to spend the bulk of our time inside a steamy sugarshack, it wasn't so bad. Also, the weather might not have been lovely but it certainly was very "March."
My friend Cherice set up this month's activity - a field trip to a local maple sugaring farm. I thought you might like to see some photos I took today. I don't have a lot of time right now to write a big post about what we learned (which is a shame, because we really learned a lot), but I hope you enjoy the pictures just the same. :)
Inside the shack:
Syrup samples through the season (first to last, left to right):
Trying plain sap:
And partially boiled syrup:
Outside the shack, a tapped tree:
The shack itself:
A cold mossy creek in the midst ...
And our brand new bottle of Grade B syrup:
I have just revised our dinner plans - we will still have our sloppy joes tonight, but for dessert we'll enjoy vanilla ice cream smothered in locally grown maple syrup!
Thanks for stopping by today ... I wish you all a good night! :)