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Sunday, 17 March 2013

It's Maple Syrup Time!

Well, I admit that I had a very busy week this week and so I will not have time for a full post. Instead, I have decided to share a few photos of what I have been up to this weekend. It seems that weather-wise we are being taunted by Old Man Winter or Mother Nature (take your pick). We get several nice days then a few more wintery ones. Seasonally, the production of maple syrup would have been a very early spring activity and would have been a welcome break after a long winter. The early settlers to this region were gifted with the knowledge of how to produce maple syrup from their aboriginal neighbours who were the first to gather the "sugar water" (that would later become maple syrup) from the sugar maple trees that were so plentiful throughout the Waterloo County area.

http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/articles/maple-sugar-industry
http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/maple-bib/industry.htm

So, tending a cauldron full of maple sugar water is a long, laborious process--and SLOW. And yes, it is still winter but today was a lovely, crisp day and quite nice in the sun (by the fire....)


 It may be winter but I can't help but long for the summer bake days.....I just love the bakehouse.

Ya, no. Too cold to go in there to do any business!



Very steamy but the fire smells wonderful!



I must say it has been a great weekend at work. For more information, check out the link at right in "The Buzz" for a Kitchener Record article about what we were doing this weekend at the Joseph Schneider Haus Museum. Pancakes, anyone?

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