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Annie, Houston, TX
Posted: 4/14/2013 7:29:15 AM
The real thing, from the tree please.
Carl, L:ivermore, CA
Posted: 12/13/2011 11:36:58 AM
Me too, Kate.Down with "maple-flavored breakfast syrup!"
Judy, South Salem, NY
Posted: 3/25/2011 8:25:39 AM
One of my fondest memories was when I lived on a Wisconsin farm one summer during college. The property was wooded and I went out to collect sap from which we proceeded to make a meager amount of maple syrup. It was delicious. I'm thrilled to hear of this sap collecting and maple syrup making activity as a way to bring the community together and educate kids.
Kate, YourGardenShow.com, Berkeley, CA
Posted: 3/9/2011 4:10:13 PM
Judy, We can grow sorghum and I have tasted it when I lived in Missouri but I've never found it in Nebraska and with the modern farming methods no one grows sorghum here in Nebraska any more. It's all chemically grown corn and beans. It's a sad situation to see the down turn in farming methods from when I was growing up and spending summers on my Uncle's farm.

Have a great New England day.
David, Omaha, NE
Posted: 3/5/2011 5:24:24 AM
I loved maple syruping, when I lived in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It was before equipment became so sophisticated, and we tapped each tree individually, then hung buckets. We sat in the woods all day, emptying buckets into a huge caldron which bubbled away, on a fire. We put the syrup in jars, back at the house.
Blythe, Guilford, CT
Posted: 3/4/2011 3:51:29 PM
Exactly-handmade products aren't and shouldn't be cheap. The fake stuff isn't worth eating-just use jam instead.In fact, sugar maples only grow along a certain latitude in North America so no, you wouldn't find it in Nebraska. How about sorghum syrup..or is that just the South?
Judy, South Salem, NY
Posted: 3/4/2011 7:04:33 AM
Judy, sometimes I wish that I lived much closer to the New England area of the country. A winter farmer's market is awesome. Here the farmer's market doesn't open until May and closes in October. It kind of follows the gardening season.

Most of Nebraska is clear of trees to grow big farm crops of corn and beans. It's not unusual to have farms over 1,000+ acres big. I think it would be very difficult to find enough Maple trees to get sap from in this part of the country. I have lived here all my life and never have I ever heard of anyone making maple syrup. It seems like it would take a really long time to boil 40 gallons of sap down to 1 gallon of syrup. Now I understand why just a little bottle of the real thing in the grocery stores is a little expensive.

Have a great sugar maple day.
David, Omaha, NE
Posted: 3/4/2011 5:14:18 AM
Thanks Judith! If anyone would like to join us at the Boil Down this weekend, you can visit the event's page to find any details you might need: http://www.groundworksomerville. org/2011/01/05/maple-syrup-boil-down-festival/
Tai, Somerville, MA
Posted: 3/3/2011 7:48:27 AM
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