It’s maple syrup season! Zach and I visited our friend Jeff in Milton, where he’s been tapping a few of his backyard trees and making maple syrup.
I can remember visiting Black Creek Pioneer Village as a kid, and watching as freshly boiled maple syrup was dribbled across a long pan of fresh, clean snow. The syrup would instantly solidify into these lacy chunks of hard candy, and all the kids would
scramble line up in an orderly fashion to sample them. The candy melted in your mouth and, of course, had an amazing maple flavour.
Seeing Jeff make maple syrup right in his own backyard was pretty neat. Admittedly, he does have a huge property with lots of trees, firewood, and a fire pit, but I was surprised at how low-tech and easy the process was. Like most DIY projects, if you’re willing to put in the time and effort, you can do pretty much anything!
In the future, when Zach, Poopy, and I have a little farm and/or cabin in the woods somewhere, I’m looking forward to tapping the trees and making maple syrup. Until then, I’ll just have to content myself with maple syrup from the farmer’s market.
Thank you so much to Jeff and Krista for having us over (mmm, blueberry pancakes and waffles!), and to Jeff especially for answering all my Maple Syrup 101 questions. I’m hoping to document more of Jeff’s backyard projects during the spring and summer when all the trees and flowers are in full bloom. The series will be called, appropriately, Jeff’s Backyard. Stay tuned!
Here are a couple of links if you want to learn more about maple syrup:
- Tap My Trees – Tap Maple Trees at Home – Collect Sap & Make Syrup
— Jeff found this site very helpful (and also got advice from his neighbour :D)
— You can buy all the supplies you need from this website
- Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada – Canadian Maple Syrup
— We produce 76% of the world’s supply!