I stopped by Mast family’s farm on my way home this afternoon to restock gallons and quarts of their maple syrup. Maple season is in full swing, and this spring the sap flow has been tremendous. For some of their runs they are seeing twice the flow compared to where they were last year.
Their maple syrup has been a popular seller among our customers, so I wanted to give everyone an idea of what things look like on their farm. I’d normally show a picture of the people producing this food, but the Mast family is Amish, and thus they would prefer not to be photographed (no they don’t believe silly ideas that cameras will steal their souls; it is more of a humility principle). But they don’t object to me taking pictures of their sugar shack. During sugaring season days are long: hauling sap, tending the fire, fiddling with the evaporators, bottling syrup, repairing broken plumbing, and trying to keep up with all the normal farm chores, so I try not to take up too much of their time. They work hard to produce maple syrup (as well as raising beef cattle, wholesaling pumpkins, and operating a metal fabrication and repair shop and a fabric shop all on their farm). Here’s a brief photographic tribute to the work they do.
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Dave–Thank you for this step-by-step account of Maple Syrup making! It is a real education!
One of things I do here in Montclair is teach kids and adults about various nature-related things at Van Vleck House and Gardens. We organize a Maple Syrup Program every Spring and people come in and see our large Sugar Maple, how a tap is put into the tree, and then we educate them on how syrup is made in a sugar shack, etc. It sells out every year and is a wonderful program. Do you mind if I share this blog post with the education director there and my fellow educators? This account of the Mast family’s work is terrific, especially seeing the modern taps and tubing and the real sugar shack.
Sounds like a great program there… And sure, I don’t mind you sharing this. Thanks,
Very interesting thks!
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