A Sure Sign of Spring

The days are warmer, the nights still chilly. It is early spring in the North Country, perfect conditions for the annual rite of maple sugaring. My neighbor, Chris St. Andrews and his family, have been sugaring for a number of years with a complete sugar shack set up on their property. Tapped into maples on their property as well as that of willing neighbors, they produce maple syrup for themselves and to share. Seeing the steam rise from the shack is one of the surest signs of spring.

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A full bucket of maple sap

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The evaporator

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The final stage

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A steamy room

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Final filtration

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Bottling


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