This was a difficult Sunday for many sap houses across the state. It’s been extraordinarily cold in northern New England and the longer than normal Winter season is taking its toll on maple syrup producers from Ohio to Maine. I just read a few comments on a maple syrup forum and a lot of people were complaining that their yields are a quarter of what they were last year. They don’t expect much more from what this year has to offer. From what I understand, things can change from Winter to Spring in a blink of an eye and syrup season will be all but a memory.
Just yesterday, we had our first Maine Maple Sunday. This is somewhat of a holiday in this state. People from all over come out to enjoy what local sap houses have to offer. I go on and on about the “culture” of the sap house. How you can sit inside one of these things and become mesmerized by the wood stove and all the steam. Last year’s experience was just perfect. And after I explained what goes on to Laura’s brother, he asked when we could start building our own sap house. It’s that good. I’m just waiting for that perfect year to get going. I still need some gear.
The sap houses in the area weren’t running. We stopped by Luce’s in Anson and had a good time. Even though they didn’t have their stove on, they did offer lots of samples of different types of food. We enjoyed the maple ice cream – a lot. I also liked looking through their sap house in stasis. These things have a lot of memories, I’m sure. Take a look through the pictures below and you’ll see what I’m talking about. You can almost hear the guys talking as they’re priming all the equipment. All that “stuff” collected. What I wouldn’t give.
We drove around a bit after we visited Luce’s. We kind of cruised through some local back roads. We even found an abandoned sap house up on a hill. I have a picture of that too. How can someone just abandon a sap house? I wonder if I can somehow move that to my back yard.
After we drove through the back roads, we quickly, and I mean quickly visited the lake nearby. It was a fast visit because the wind coming off the lake was traveling about 100mph and was extremely cold. I haven’t felt that kind of cold here yet. Gives new meaning to the phrase “wind chill.” Holy cow.
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This is the abandoned sap house we found. How cool is that?
These are a few pictures of the lake down the road. Check out the ice fishing cabin.