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Rhon Bell

Rhon Bell, an outdoor enthusiast, spends his time exploring the Maine Woods and documenting his journeys. Growing up in Aroostook County, he embraced the outdoor lifestyle at a young age. Living today near Portland, he spends weekends and week-long adventures hiking New England summits, canoeing the historic Maine waterways, and ice fishing for lake trout. Follow the journey as Window to the Woods discovers new destinations, and check out his other blog, Backwoods Plaid.

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Window to the Woods with Rhon Bell
Posted: March 4, 2014

To-do: Maine Maple Sunday

The forecast calls for warmer temperatures in the coming weeks, which means only one thing – fresh maple syrup (OK, and spring). Start thinking now about putting a visit to a local maple farm on the calendar. The best maple syrup really is an art form if you’ve never visited a shack before. It’s a little more than boring holes into the trunk of a maple, exuding some sap and standing over the steam as it boils. It’s an amazing process and a lot of hard work.

Soon it will be Maine Maple Sunday (March 23), a Maine tradition. Farms across the state hold open houses and allows the public to tour their shops. A behind the scenes look into a larger scale operation is interesting – trucks collecting sap, large boilers, and the stacks of firewood fueling the operation.

I always venture out to an old country road, find a farm, enjoy the melting snow and the fresh spring air. Syrup slowly drips into the metal buckets on every tree. Farmers explain tips and techniques and even a taste of final products. Always so good that you walk out with a few bottles for friends and family.

Here are a few farms in Southern Maine:

Harvest Hill Farm – Mechanic Falls

Coopers Maple Products – Windham

Hartwell Farm – Gorham

A complete list of farms across the state

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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