It’s no surprise with the ever emerging COVID-19 pandemic that we are concerned about the community spread here in Cook County.
For the sake of our family’s safety and the safety of the coming harvest, we respectfully and strongly discourage all visitors wishing to visit our sugar bush and the production center until further notice.
Know that we appreciate your enthusiasm for our maple syrup, we promise to produce the very best our little farm has to offer and look forward to visiting with you once this crisis has passed.
Of course fun updates on our progress will be made here on our site, and our Instagram page @sawtoothmaplesyrup.
Thanks kindly, be well, practice social distancing, and say a prayer for a swift end to this horrible disease.
Greg, Kirstin and Chris The Sawtooth Mountain Maple Syrup Company
Get inspired by the awesome beauty of the North Shore. Peak fall colors are unfolding into the landscape daily! Take a morning walk/run/bike/drive before breakfast and breath the maple tree’s yellows and reds. Here’s a calendar of events: Visit Cook County
The Sawtooth Mountain Maple Syrup Company is selling their old evaporator! Leader Revolution front pan and Algiers Flue Pan and Steam-away complete!
This Oil fired (#2 fuel oil) stainless steel evaporator has many more seasons of life to give, and it will cover all your syrup making needs in one full-sized rig at a fraction of the cost. See more photos below and send us an email here to make an appointment:
Great for entry level or for the next-level-up sugar maker!
Here’s what you get: Arch, 6’w x 16’lg with firebrick Rear oil stack, has a wide base with 20 feet of stack. Steam-away unit, 6’w x 10’lg, interior light, blower, acrylic view-ports and float-box Steam-away hood, 6’w x 10’lg, with sliding access doors. Flue-pan, 6’w x 10’lg, float-box and site glass, made by Algier Co. Revolution style Front Pan, 6’w x 6’lg, with float-box and draw-off pipe. Steam hood for over syrup pan, 6’w x 6’lg with Plexiglas flip-down sides. Various connective piping Many extras, please contact us for details
The weather hasn’t cramped our style, but winter sure can wear on. Spring spout pulling on our farm commenced six days ago and we have another 4 – 6 days to go before we wrap up the 2019 season. Today’s snow storm, which carried the potential to drop a foot, produced the perfect reason to take a break. So here’s a little update:
There have been some fabulous days to be working outside. Spring observations show Blood-root making it’s appearance along with fiddle head ferns. Birds of many varieties not normally seen in the winter watch us as we scurry through the forest racing the black-fly bloom.
What’s most obvious however, is the rush of water in the creeks and valleys that we work. Wednesday was a day spent working a hillside facing the Poplar River. Quite the roar pervading our minds to the tune of a spring rush and the onset of summer.
Enjoy this little video I shot a few years ago of the Cascade River storming it’s way down to Lake Superior. Illustrated with music by Kenny Logins and Jim Messina – “Watching the River Run”. Enjoy your weekend!
Our weather has and continues to be cooperative. Even though our temps have plummeted to teens and single digits at night, the weather also allows us to take much needed rest between the runs. And Wednesday (3/27) looks to be the beginning of a big run of sap.
As of today (3/26) the current sugar content to date has jumped to 3.0 and we have nearly made 1,000 gallons of maple syrup over the course of the last four boils. Dark Amber has been the dominant grade since we started, a very mapley taste and aroma with a delicate finish, like butterscotch.
Our biggest news for 2019? We took delivery on a new and fantastic evaporator (see above). We received it in January when the temps were brutally cold and installed it over the course of the months that we tap trees and prepare the sugarhouse for harvest. And now, we are making maple syrup!
In other news … we are excited about a newly released beverage featuring our genuine Sawtooth Mountain Maple Syrup Company organic maple syrup. It was developed by Duluth Cider in Duluth Minnesota and can be enjoyed at their new cidery in Duluth.
It’s the truth! For those of us who live here in Lutsen, a sign is not needed to show us where we can see the fall display of beautiful maples and other deciduous trees amongst the evergreens. If you haven’t made a sojourn to the North Shore … you’re dawdling and time is of the essence. Start your migration soon …
The forest service has placed numerous signs around the Arrowhead that indicate driving routes that pass you through locations of seasonal splendor.
For the new and veteran leaf peeper, the Minnesota DNR has a wonderful resource for when is a good time to see the Fall colors here in Cook County. Check here for more info! Fall Color Tour signs are placed along some of our most popular routes in the Tofte/Lutsen and the Gunflint area, Tour maps can be downloaded online or picked up at the Tofte and Gunflint Ranger Stations.
Here is a list of Fall events and fun things to do when you visit
The Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour
September 28 – October 7. Will feature a variety of unique handcrafted works created in Cook County. Fall in Cook County is a time of tumultuous beauty, so take some time to explore the colors and meet artists during the Fall Studio Tour! Stops include home studios as well as galleries with guest artists. All locations will be open daily, from 10am-5pm, with a few special Fall Studio Tour events scheduled outside of these hours.The Art Along the Lake Fall Studio tour is the second of two seasonal Art Along the Lake events here in Cook County and has replaced the Crossing Borders Tour which had been ongoing for 20 years. See the schedule here!
Lake Superior 20/20 Studio Art Tour
September 28th – 30th, 2018.The Lake Superior 20/20 Studio Art Tour offers visitors a variety of artistic talent to peruse while enjoying the autumn splendor of Minnesota’s North Shore.
Glass, ceramics, woodwork, painting, printmaking, jewelry, sculpture, and photography, will be exhibited, demonstrated, and offered for sale on this tour. Many sites are providing hands on activities. Click here for more info.
Lutsen Community Potluck Celebration October 9th, 2018, 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Lutsen Townhall on the Caribou Trail. Bring a dish to share and an enjoy prizes, fun and food!
Live Radio at the Winery in Lutsen WTIP Radio, along with the North Shore Winery and Sawtooth Mountain Cider House, invite you to experience live, local radio on the North Shore! Join us on Friday, October 19 and be a part of the fun. The event begins with music by Gordon Thorne at 4:00 pm, leading up a live broadcast of WTIP’s variety show, the Roadhouse, from 5 – 7 p.m. The excitement continues with Small Change, your favorite call-in trivia program from 7 – 8 p.m. Hosts will be taking answers live from the Barrel Room at the winery, or over the phone. This event is free and open to all. There will be special WTIP membership incentives offered–including guided wine and truffle tastings during the Roadhouse!
Moose Madness in Grand Marais
October 19th – 21st, 2018. Throughout Moose Madness weekend, there are activities for everyone. Activities range from the athletic to the artistic and kids will win “moose bucks” to spend on prizes when they do scavenger hunts, races and arts activities around town. Check here for more info!
There are so many other fun and inventive things you can do while you visit the Fall colors of Cook County. Click here to be even more inspired! And don’t forget to visit Wild Country Maple Syrup as part of your fall tour of the North Shore this season.
Shall we move on from our 2018 harvest? Why not lets have some summer, and at the end of this post please enjoy the May 5th video of our final day at the evaporator as we pull off the last of the 2018 maple syrup crop. It’s always an event … Speaking of events, I’d like to add something fun and exciting to your summer calendar.
Most prominently on July 15th Fulton Brewery is hosting a fun event at their campus called “Beers and Brunch”. It’s a brunch featuring their newest and brightest brew that features (our) maple syrup and locally roasted Fika coffee. Yes you heard correctly and both products are infused in to their beer which hails from our little hamlet of Lutsen Minnesota. Behold Sawtooth Maple Syrup, and Fika coffee together in a breakfast blend event sure to be ground breaking. Make your reservations, then get to the Fulton Tap Room and enjoy an amazing beer with your brunch, and of course buy some of our maple syrup while you’re there. Kirstin from Sawtooth Maple will be present to help you get your maple on!
Now, if you’re a local, or happen to be on the North Shore July 13 – 15. You need to stop by the “Hopped Up Caribou Beer Festival” in Lutsen Minnesota. There are just 9 days left from today to make your reservation and enjoy a weekend in the Sawtooth Mountains. It’s next to my favorite snowboard runs at Lutsen Mountains – enjoy a craft made oat soda slope side. Yes, it’s an awesome event!
Granted that not everyone is into beer, so in Grand Marais on July 14 and 15, we encourage you to come enjoy the Arts Festival sponsored by the Grand Marais Art Colony. Featured on the harbor and all along Wisconsin street, enjoy the cobblestone beach and all the wonderful artisans who come to feature their craft and wares. Visit https://www.visitcookcounty.com/event/grand-marais-arts-festival/ for even greater detail.
If I may also mention that there are some awesome accomodations to enhance your stay along the shore. Who better to help you find some of the most lovely properties to get your summer groove on than Cascade Vacation Rentals , with over 200 cool locations to stay on Minnesota’s North Shore.
So for July, that’s our update. And as promised here is a short video of our final day of boiling shot back in May.