Sugar Shack in action
It's the time of year to stock up again with locally made Maine Maple Syrup. This is a great family foodie event and usually includes local farm yard activities involving adorable newborn livestock and old fashioned fun.
The hard work involved with filling all those little bottles of maple syrup consumed throughout the year is still fascinating. Old fashioned boiling houses have modern tools but there's still no substitute for a hot wood fire and a slow boiling solution that condenses into a precious bit of sweet elixir. Made from nothing more than a long cold stream of Maple Tree Sap.
Newfields Me is well equipped with sugar shacks. I had the fortune to run into this dedicated maple manufacturer, Harry Hartford. Thurston & Peters Sugar House is a great place to learn about the process of making sweet syrup from clear sap drawn in from a large network of tapping lines. Visit weekends for a tour of the maple refining facility and take home a few bottles of their award winning syrup and maple cream.
Chase Farms, located on Rte 9 in Wells Me. Be sure and taste the apple cider donuts while you take a tour of the boiling house and enjoy an old fashioned hay wagon ride around the property.