So you know by now.. if you’re at all in the loop with the Sandersons, we love Maple Syrup.. we’re obsessed. So obsessed in fact that if there is a Sugar Maple tree within walking distance of the #Sanderfarm it probably has a tap in it. Known locally as #Sandersyrup, it is a family made gem of Lancaster County. We have so much fun sharing it, make candy with it and of course dumping it on waffles and stacks of pancakes. We also LOVE to sweeten our coffee with it (trust us on this one, but be careful…once you make the switch to maple coffee you can never go back)
We started tapping trees 4 years ago as a homeschooling project and we were hooked. Back then it was a few taps with buckets that the kids would faithfully empty into our big cooking pot. We just boiled down over an open fire and we were shocked at how much sap it takes to produce that precious gold stuff. Every drop of sap spilled we mourned. 🙂 These days, our operation has gotten quite a bit bigger and we have plans to grow it even more.
Take a peek at John’s new sugar shack that he built from mostly found materials. (It doubles as a greenhouse when we aren’t in the thick of maple season.)
The steam that comes from the shack on a chilly day is just awesome. Believe me when I tell you it smells fabulous in there.
The Amish Canner is the star of the show. We have our sap dripping directly into it from the trees and we boil down continuously on warm days. Today we have been boiling outside in the canner since 6:30am and I have been finishing yesterday’s all day boil inside on the stove. We managed to get just about 1.5 gallons of syrup yesterday (which is roughly 40 gallons of sap) and I am hoping for the same today.
Can’t you just smell that pure maple syrup?!
That sweet little girl could probably run the whole process herself, she is Daddy’s neverending helper and knows all things syrup.
These two little Sanderlings are most helpful. #sandersyrup is a family project and a team effort.
As I mentioned earlier, we tend not to use buckets anymore. We use tubing and gravity. The trees are tapped on our neighbors property on the hill behind our house and we have them tubed all the way down to our house. (and yes, we share lots of the finished product with him for his generosity!)
Hope you enjoyed this peek into one of our very favorite hobbies!! Is your family fans of maple syrup? What do you use it on?
Here is our #sandersyrup Instagram feed showing our progress through the seasons.[instanow hashtag= sandersyrup show_hashtag= 1 window= 1 logo= 1 media= 21 link= page layout= grid columns= 2 flat= 1 ]