Hello everyone, here’s our sugarbush update for Sunday April 2nd:
It’s been a busy week for sugaring. Big runs these last few days have brought us to 50% our seasonal crop. “Doing well!” I’d say … and the sap keeps flowing!
Brittney Merlot from Duluth’s KQDS Fox 21 TV News, interviews Carrie Baker of Wild Country Maple Syrup – Click the picture to zoom – because it’s really cute. Very fun!
This past Thursday, we got a visit from Brittney Merlot, Meteorologist of KQDS Fox 21 in Duluth. Northland folks are in for a treat this evening to see and hear all about our maple sugaring from the tree to the bottler.
I’m thinking this will be cool and not embarrassing because every time I get in front of the camera I go blah, blah, blah. It was exciting to have a Duluth TV station visiting us and Brittney was so nice and accommodating about interviewing during our seasonal business schedule. I’m sure everyone else did great, especially our partners, Wild Country Maple Syrup. We’re really excited for them because they’ve worked so hard to build their business.
Anyhow let me know how the program goes, we don’t have TV here and of course, we’ll be busy boiling!
Here’s the Sap Report from Roth Sugarbush in Wisconsin.
Enjoy your week!
“Baby it’s cold outside!”
Though the cold snap is somewhat of a nice hiatus from our sugaring duties, we’d much rather be collecting and boiling away.
But, you may be interested in hearing the sap report from Wisconsin (about a minute of your time). It’s always fun to hear how our brothers and sisters in sap are fairing.
Get it here by following this link to Roth Sugarbush Sap Report
Hey everyone …
Spring is an incredible time of year!
Our good friend and uber-photographer Layne Kennedy reminded me of this 60 second short he produced on making maple syrup.
Follow this link about “Making Maple Syrup in Minnesota”
Everyday is a work day in the sugarbush. We had some heavy wind come through a few days back, and there was some concern about trees (and their limbs) pinning lines to the ground.
So far so good … no blown boosters from the freeze either.
But there is a wonderful benefit to hiking the lines besides the exercise; Wildlife! We’re birders for sure and we enjoy all species that migrate through the bush or make it their home here in the boreal forest.
So walking back down the line I happened upon this female Pileated woodpecker hunting grubs – or just hammering a tree because it feels good.
What do we do when it’s too cold for the sap to run? That’s right, snowshoe the sugarbush! Enjoy …
Make your plans now folks! – 20% of the forest has begun it’s change and it won’t be long before the sugarbush is a blaze. Spectacular opportunities to see and photograph the colors along the North Shore are at your finger tips with a visit to Cook County.
Start your trip planning here, follow this link: Visit Cook County
Fall Color Tour on the Caribou Trail in Lutsen Minnesota
And while you’re here Visit Wild Country Maple Syrup in Lutsen and stock up at the onsite store with award winning maple syrup, candies, and much more!
Michael and Carrie Baker Owners of Wild Country Maple Syrup welcome you!
Hosts and owners Michael and Carrie Baker of Wild Country Maple Syrup will be happy to give you a tour. Contact them here: Wild Country or on Facebook
How to find our sugarbush?
Directions: (see map below too)
From Hwy 61 in Lutsen, follow Cnty. Rd 4 – The Caribou Trail, 6-1/2 miles north to the Honeymoon Trail and turn left.
(watch for Wild Country maple syrup signs)
Follow the Honeymoon Trail 3/4 mile to Barker Lake Road and turn left again.
Follow Barker Lake Road 1 mile to the driveway entrance on your right, watch for the sign, and turn right – you’re nearly there! Follow the driveway in 3/4 mile – take it slow, take in the colors and prepare to see and photograph the sites – your quarry is at the end of the drive.
Visit Wild Country Maple Syrup and the Sawtooth Mountain Maple Syrup Company
Learning something, anything about maple sugaring is fun and fascinating. Just ask Sven, one of our students who spent the day in the sugarbush with us learning how to tap, layout a sugarbush and make maple syrup. You can sign up for a mentorship program through our County extension services department at the Cook County Community Center.
Maple Syrup fans will love this book. Last May we enjoyed Kathy’s book release party for her second “Secrets of the Pie Place Cafe” book. A gracious evening and what a great read about many locals and visitors of the north shore … we’re featured in it too, along with numerous recipes featuring Wild Country Maple Syrup. Purchase a copy at the Pie Place in Grand Marais on your next visit, or, online at Lake Superior Magazine:
There are many more updated posts on our Facebook page.
Sawtooth Mountain Maple Syrup Company