The Craft of Sugaring
Cold, clear nights. Warm morning sun melting the snow on the ground. The first songs of birds, returning from their winter migrations. These are the sights and sounds that quicken the pulse in the sugar maker, because these are the signs that the maple sap is beginning to run.
For the most part, the craft of maple syrup production in New England has been a family affair, and dates back to the very early 1600s. Native Americans used real maple syrup and sugar for food and trade and passed on their sugar making skills to early settlers.