Over the weekend I went to Gould's Sugar House in Shelburne, MA on the Mohawk Trail (route 2). We were there early enough in the season to see the process of making maple syrup. We went last year, but we were too late in the season to see it. I love maple syrup, so it was great to see how it's made.
We got there at around 9:00 am, and the place was very crowded. We had to wait for about an hour and a half before we were seated for breakfast. There's enough to keep you busy while you wait, though. There's a gift shop, maple soft serve ice cream for 25 cents each, and of course you can watch the sap being boiled down into syrup. The Gould family is very nice and more than willing to answer questions. What a thrill to get a taste of freshly made syrup right out of the vat. You can't get any fresher than that!
|The temperature is about 700 degrees.|
|It takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup.|
|Bottling the freshly made maple syrup|
|Worth the wait!|
To learn more about maple syrup or to find a sugarhouse in Massachusetts, Mass Maple is a good source of info.
Do you have any favorite springtime traditions?