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Maple Sugaring

March 25, 2012

On our road trip last week to visit 5 colleges, we pulled off the highway in New York state to get gas. We noticed a sign to for a nearby Sugar House and headed over there. I had lived in New England for years so well remembered the experience, but my son and his two friends had never smelled the sweet aroma of the boiling sap.

Well, they were past their season as well. It was short because of the warm winter but they showed the difference in the old style method (above) to the newer ways to boil down the sap.

And they had a lot of maple products to enjoy, of course. Having purchased a quart at the Winter Blues Market a few weeks ago in Morgantown, I didn’t need to buy any more syrup.  If you do there are a number of maple sugar farms in West Virginia, including Circle H Farm in Buckhannon, Richter’s Maplehouse in Pickens, Indian Water Maple Company in New Creek, Quaking Maples farm in Horse Shoe Run, The Sugar Shack in St. George, Nanny Nugget Farm in Harrisville, and TwoLynns Farm in Shirley.

Please support our local West Virginia producers!!! 

ADDENDA TO BLOG

I have been receiving comments about maple sugar in Canada and responding that we have producers in West Virginia as well. This map shows the area where sugar maples grow and local maple syrup can be obtained.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 25, 2012 3:05 pm

    Real maple syrup is a world away from the fructose syrup flavored impostor in the market. I have noticed the price in the market has jumped quite a bit.
    Here in Michigan there are several places out in the country side to find homemade maple syrup and molasses.
    So good I can’t stand myself. I love it on ice cream.

  2. April 2, 2012 3:03 pm

    I love the map. Most people think “north” when they think maple syrup and the area dips into Missouri and Tennessee! I make my own granola and use maple syrup in it. It imparts a nice flavor and just the right amount of sweetness. I’ll investigate local syrup next time I need it.

    • April 2, 2012 3:40 pm

      Wonderful! Buying locally not only helps you understand how a food was produced but also supports the local economy! Thanks.

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