Monday, March 24, 2008

At the sugar shack on Easter

Easter Sunday brought Maine Maple Sunday to Vacationland, which proved a perfect way to celebrate the change of season. We visited Royal Maple Syrup on the Back Nippen Road in Buxton, Maine. Matt Roy gave us a tour of the sugar shack's high-tech wood-fired boiler. He uses a reverse-osmosis process to lessen the boiling time, but still it takes patience to boil down maple sap that's at best 2% sugar. Thank god he does. Because his syrup is like a buttery tonic straight from the heart of Maine.

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