Posts Tagged ‘maple syrup’

An elderly couple emerges from their home after a long winter
and are now being pulled by a new presence and their dog.

Another neighbor reaches high from a step-ladder
to hang a basketball net. All these messages tell me it’s spring!

Buckets hang on the side of maple trees, my ears drum
and my eyes focus on a glistening drip and I feel in sync with nature.

Soon the bounce of a basketball beats in unison with running sap.

The glow of a blue flame and the hiss of gas
becomes a burning light as the show begins!

Clouds of steam begin to rise from the pot,
swirling like a tornado after a old maple grove.

The smell — like melting cotton candy and the rush of hot steam
lifts the winters chill from around my head,
as it passes through my nose and into my brain.
The transmission my soul receives is that this is
one of natures best gifts.

As I stand over the pot, feeling the steam massage my face,
I begin to wonder? Would someone ever pay to sit
in a bath of maple syrup? I suppose someone already has —

Today, I will simply bathe in the enjoyment
of making homemade maple syrup
and will savor this experience,
while eating Sunday waffles with
family and friends.

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Nature finds me every year — when the water drips from my roof, the brown breast of a Robin magically appears outside my window and my curiosity turns to homemade Maple Syrup and scouring the WEB for Maple Syrup Tours and where to buy tapping equipment.

March is the time when words like, “sugar bush, spile and sugar maple begin to flow through the minds of experienced and want-to-be tappers. This weekend I visited the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for their Annual Pancake Brunch & Maple Syrup Tour. It was a beautiful day, with many adventurers and families looking to explore and enjoy the taste of real maple syrup — poured over stacks of hot pancakes.

For me — the beginning of each season is like the opening preview to a great movie and waiting is summers performance. Until then, I will smack my lips, and watch, as I savor syrup made from my own maple trees.

Note: If you’ve never seen maple trees tapped or how sap is drawn and boiled to make syrup, I suggest you visit one of the many Twin Cities Maple Syrup Events held this time of year.
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