Breakfast time at Tranquility Pastures
Alchemy admires the thick syrup stream as it flows down into the bowl of oatmeal...
One small taste and she is in love.
What is this sweet elixir she asks. Why it is home made Maple Syrup, Frank replies, liquid sugar distilled from Maple trees here on our farm.
What! show me how? Ah says, Frank, you came at just the right time to see how it is made.\
Come walk with me into the wooded side pastures, says Ogee.
Look close, see the bits of blue? those are bags hanging on metal taps, the sap from the tree drips out of the tap into the bag.
Then each afternoon, Frank, mounts his 4 wheeler with this "pig" strapped on the back and collects the sap.
Next he takes the watery sap out of the pig and into the Maple Shack.
Then boils and boils and boils it down to a rich thick brown syrup.
Next week after you are gone, he and Jane will bottle this year's batch.
And that my dear, Meerkat friend, is how Maple Syrup gets to the table at Tranquility Pastures Farm.
**Alchemy is the knitted Meerkat, one of the World Traveling Meerkats created by Heather of Nifty Knits. We are thrilled to have Alchemy as a house guest this week. Also note that when outdoors here on our farm, Alchemy wears a special clear plastic bubble coat.