You can see the blue hoses running through the forest, with branches off to tap into the individual trees. 11,000 of them. We were able to walk down the little access road to see them. It was such an incredible day to be out, and Jason, the owner of this business, said the sap was running at high volume for such a warm day.
These blue hoses then connect to a larger pipe that runs down the hill to a few different tanks. Here's one, where we were able to watch the sap water flowing.
All of us were surprised at how clear the water looked.
The ground was quite muddy.
'Washing' our shoes off with the snow before we climbed back into the van.
And on our way home from Antigonish, we were treated to........
Okay, so back to the Maple Syrup.
Since we are eating High Raw, and syrup obviously isn't raw, one might ask why we bothered going, and why we bought some of that sugary stuff. Well, maple syrup is like one of the top symbols of Canada, and somehow we'd managed to miss this event every year we've been out here. We just had to go see a working farm. And engaging as many of our senses as possible, we agreed to include our tastebuds. So we caved and had buckwheat pancakes with syrup for Sunday breakfast.
But the real reason I buy maple syrup is because of this following recipe.......
Garlic Balsamic Dressing
1/3 c olive oil
1/3 c balanced oil (if I don't have any, I use whatever healthy oil I have, like flax, or sesame, etc)
1/3 c balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp dried basil
3 Tbsp maple syrup
3 cloves garlic, pressed
1/2 tsp prepared mustard (I like dijon or homemade)
pinch celtic salt and black pepper (or better yet, use dulse flakes instead)
Whisk together to use for a dressing. You can whip it to make as a dip.
This is our family's favorite salad dressing, which for some reason we've been affectionately calling it Sludge for years now.