Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Maple Sugaring Season...

A Sure Sign of Spring
In our state, sugaring season starts in early February and extends to late March, depending on the weather. Next time you stop by the library, pick up a copy of the 2011 Guide to Connecticut Sugarhouses; the 2010 version is available online.

Each brochure provides a listing of sugarhouses open to the public; the brochure is organized by county. Two such sugarhouses are located in East Hampton!

About Sugaring
If you are interested in sugaring as a pastime or as a consumer of sugaring's yummy outcomes, here's a short list of books that may be helpful. Two of the listed titles are due for release later this month* :

Backyard Sugarin' by Rink Mann
Sugartime by Susan Carol Hauser
The Maple Syrup Book by Janet Eagleson
Maple Syrup : Farmstand Favorites : Over 75 Farm-Fresh Recipes*
Maple Sugar by Tim Herd*

Books for Kids
Sugaring Time by Kathryn Lasky
Sugaring by Jessie Haas
Sugarbush Spring by Marsha Wilson Chall
Sugar on Snow by Nan Parson Rossiter
Maple Moon by Connie Brummel Crook
Sugar Snow by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Surf's Up
2011 Hebron Maple Festival
Cornell Sugar Maple Research & Extension Program
Maple Syrup Producers Association of Connecticut

At top is a public domain image of Currier & Ives print : Maple Sugaring