Friday, February 22, 2013

The Sugar Shack

We want to experience all the new things there are to do out here in New England.  One of our recent adventures was at a maple barn in New Hampshire.  The main attraction at Parker's Maple Barn is their restaurant where they serve their maple syrup.  If you come at the right time of year, you can take a tour of the "Sugar Shack" where they process maple sap into maple syrup. 
Some things we learned about maple syrup: There are different grades of syrup.  If there is more sugar in the sap, you get better syrup.  The amount of sugar you get depends on the weather.  The best sap comes when there is a warm day followed by a freezing night.  I realize now why real maple syrup is so expensive.  If the weather doesn't cooperate, you don't get good sap which means bad syrup that year.  Plus it takes a lot of sap to make a little bit of syrup. 

I went with two friends and their families.  Four adults attended our adventure with 11 kids 10 and under.  There were only two girls.  It was a riot.  I can't believe we were so brave!

G-man not too happy about getting his pic taken
The tubs of sap waiting to be processed
The steam in the background is the sap being boiled down into syrup

Tara keeping things to a dull roar outside the gift shop.  What a crazy bunch. 

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