Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Our Weekend in a Nutshell

Waiting for our pancakes at Sugar Moon Farm
Most of the weekend was spent with the girls focused on homework (I'm starting to notice a pattern...) but we set aside some time on Saturday for our annual trek to Sugar Moon farm: a working maple farm, a sugar shack. It couldn't be put off any longer, we had run out of maple syrup.



We got up early, drove nearly two hours and beat the crowds and lineups, enjoying all you can eat pancakes by 10:00 am. We stocked up on syrup (6 liters of it - yup, we have to save up for this "necessity") then relished in our absolute favorite part: syrup on snow. Delicious, sticky, sweet, frozen maple taffy rolled around a popsicle stick, savored for as long as we can stretch it. Then we the girls just keep sucking on the stick to make sure every last bit of flavor has been tasted. One or more of us always ends up with sticky hair, gloves, sleeves. Sated, we walk off those heavy pancakes with a short hike up the hill to the old (now defunct) sugar shack, while enjoying the deep snow. Or in Pea's case, refusing to admit she should have listened to her mother and worn boots :)

5 comments:

  1. This is something I have always wanted to do, only we don't have maple trees in the UK (or at least not the ones that produce the syrup). Plus I'm sure it would be less expensive to get it from the source- over here it costs around £8 for a bottle of proper maple syrup.
    I'll have to get T onto it immediately and have him plant a maple tree!

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    1. Maple syrup is pretty pricey here as well - but I've been spoiled growing up with it and it pains me when I have to go without :) If anyone can start tapping maple syrup in the UK, I'd say it's T!!

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  2. Ooh, I love both these maple syrup posts. I remember the kids asking years ago where maple syrup comes from and all of us being amazed how it really does come from tapping maple trees. I brought some home from Canada when I visited (for half a day on a cruise!). I'm sure it was completely touristy but we relished every drop of it compared with our locally bought stuff :-D

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    1. It's difficult not to relish maple syrup! Touristy are keychains and magnets :) maple syrup sounds like the perfect souvenir to me :)

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