Hi everyone. Tuesday has arrived and it is time to share your drink related post over at Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog for T Day.
My post today is all about Maple Weekend, which was a New Hampshire statewide event held last weekend to celebrate maple syrup. At this time of year sugar maple trees are being tapped for their sap, which then gets turned into maple syrup.
It's an historic tradition in this part of the world, and on Maple Weekend sugar shacks open their doors to the public. You can learn about the maple sugaring process and also buy some maple sugar products right from the producers.
(I will mention that many maple sugar shacks are open for business all season, but this weekend is one especially dedicated to education and promoting the maple sugar industry.)
Some of you may remember me showing you a photo or 2 of this sugar shack down the road from my house. It's an old building from the 1940's that was built and used as to make maple syrup for many years, and then it sat empty. The 2 guys who use it now have brought the old place back to life which is good.
This is a cool vintage stove that runs on wood. The wood heats up the sap (which is in the metal pan on the top of it) and evaporates the water out of the saap into the air, as you can see from the all steam in this next photo.
Once the water evaporates they drain the syrup into the silver jug on the left hand side.
And this is the tank where all the sap from the sugar maples is collected.
The blue hose is what drains the sap into the sugar shack. The liquid in the tank is their latest sap collection.
They had a table set up where you could buy their products.
And I thought I took a photo of the little cups of maple syrup so you could drink and taste their syrup. This is why I included this for T Day because I tasted a cup. It was sweet but actually not as sweet as some syrups. They also had hot cocoa and also coffee sweetened with maple syrup, which I didn't try, but I did try some maple sweetened whipped cream which was delicious.
And since I didn't take a photo of any of that, you will have to take my word for it.
Sorry about that. I guess I was on such a sugar high that I wasn't thinking clearly. (Hee-hee)
But hopefully you enjoyed the syrup making process.
And hopefully you also had a happy T day too. Thanks for visiting.