Tuesday, February 25, 2014

living | tapping the maples


the sweet life...I'd like to try to ignore the fact that it has been almost a full year since I last posted. In all honestly, it was a purposeful omission. My quest throughout the past months has been one where I try my best to be present. I took a much needed break from the mania of multitasking every five seconds. Sure, as a working mom, multitasking will always be a necessary evil, but I took a hold of the reigns and put down the never-ending juggle of my camera, notebook, and iPad and turned all my focus into whatever task at hand I was doing. It's been incredibly peaceful to simply immerse yourself and 100% of your focus into something. The downside? Well, I miss having my records and journals to refer back to, so crossing the ol' fingers to try to find a new balance between the zen and the mania.

It's been a very long, cold winter here in Maine. I don't think many states escaped the harshness of Mother Nature this season. And though we are buried under a few feet of snow with no hope for melting in sight, there are signs popping up that Spring may soon come once again. 

Without fail, the true harbinger of spring began its siren call in the warmer temperatures of this past weekend...the sap started running! It's become a big celebration in our house to set the first taps in the sugar maples. The boys included, we each get a go at tapping one of the trees and setting the buckets. A small glass of the first ounces of sap are collected and passed around for us each to sip and take delight in the crisp, subtle, caramel sweetness. 

Alas, we knew that our sap run was going to be stopped almost as soon as it started. The warm days and cold nights over the weekend, which coaxed the sap to run in the gallons, quickly froze up solid in Monday's frigid reality. The rest of this week is suppose to continue to be below freezing, so we probably won't see it run again until next week. But just the mere excitement to simply tap a tree, gives us such great hope that this winter will eventually come to an end and the woods will spring  once more into life. Cheers!

7 comments:

Granny Annie said...

I had to rub my eyes and splash water in my face to believe you really had posted again. Woohoo! Yes, this winter has been a harsh one for all of us and we are on edge awaiting a joyful spring. Happy to see you again.

a tasteful garden said...

Granny Annie! So fabulous to see your name! Thanks so much for the warm welcome back. I hope all has been well with you.

Rachel @ GrowaGoodLife.com said...

So happy to see a post from you pop up in my feed. Appropriate one too for spring and new beginnings. Welcome back to the blogging world.

thevioletfern.com said...

I miss your blog and was elated to see a post from you in my reader! And a post about tapping Sugar Maples - oh boy! Tapping is pretty common around here although I do not tap myself. I still recall my most wonderful neighbor dropping off a jug of still warm Maple Syrup! I was surprised to learn in my Master Gardener class this Winter that not only the Sugar Maples can be tapped but also Red Maples and a few others - I have a very young Red Maple - who knows maybe I will be able to tap it one day. I love Maple Syrup and use it for most of my cooking as a sweetener and of course, over waffles and pancakes - no Aunt Jemima for me. I hope the sap runs soon again and wish you a bountiful harvest. This Winter will have to end - all the seasons turn.

edible gardens--point loma said...

It is delightful to have you back. I look forward to your thoughtful posts and reflections whenever you are able to post. How I miss New England.

a tasteful garden said...

Wow, you folks make a gal feel great! It is so nice to see familiar names again. I'm definitely looking forward to reconnecting and reading about the goings on in your neck of the woods.

a tasteful garden said...

Kathy...wow, you're on your way to being a Master Gardener? Congratulations! That is so cool. It's on my bucket list...one of these days.
We actually do tap a few Red Maples for our syrup. We only have a couple of Sugar Maples and each year we seem to grow in our desire to make even more syrup, so we've branched out (no pun intended) and started tapping the Red Maples. I've been eyeing our birches for a while. We're pondering tapping a few of those and trying our hand at birch beer. Happy gardening!

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