Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Let 'er Run
I'm sure you've heard of the 'running of the bulls' at the nine-day festival of San Fermin in Pamplona, Spain. Well, in these parts- the northeastern part of the country and Canada, after surviving another miserably cold winter, we yearn for something we call spring and the 'running of the sap'. Yes fans, cold nights and warm days just the delightful recipe for the release of the sugary nectar of the sugar maple trees. Collect gallons, gallons, and gallons of the sap, boil it down in your maple sugar hut and finally... maple syrup! Ah! This Sunday is Maple Sugar Sunday here in Maine, so throw the kids in the backseat of the family automobile and head for the country and a maple sugar shack. It's time to enjoy a delicious concoction of homemade ice cream and hot maple syrup. You won't be disappointed. We always went to the Lovers Lane Sugarhouse in Gorham. These maples are on the side lot of a great white farmhouse on Rt. 35 near Standish.