Friday, March 4, 2011

Sap No More! (Photo Friday)

“ Never yet was a springtime,
That the sap stirred not a whisper
Of the southwind, sweet and low;
Never yet was a springtime
When the buds forgot to blow.”

          Margaret E. Sangster

 This time of year our thoughts go to the sap running, and the making of Maple Syrup.

My thoughts go to the many long forgotten pieces of history, abandoned.

These little treasures may be hidden away deep in a sugar maple bush near you. The large Maples may have been removed for progress, for heat, or for income.

I have it on high authority that this particular one was built well over 60 years ago.

It has not been used to boil sap and make Maple Syrup for more than 50 years.

As we go through the fallen down door, we see the thought and planning put into this building.

The high roof, and the windows open to let the vapours, the steam, and the smoke billow out.

The base set upon the limestone is built to burn wood. About a quarter cord of wood  per 4 gallons of syrup, was used  to boil down the sap.

 It would take gallons and gallons of sap to make syrup. The steel evaporator pan is long gone. The iron doors, the grate, and the firebrick still intact.The doors made in Montreal Canada.

It has been used in the past by hunters, and teenage shenanigans, and one special 4H group. (their  names still upon the wall). The remnants of their uses, or unfortunately their abuses are still evident.

 It is now the place of refuge for someone getting out of the rain, marvelling at its beauty and its history.

 Wishing she could have seen, and enjoyed, the social,  the work, and definitely the reward.   Check out Farm Friend Friday. Lots to enjoy.



  1. Hey, love these photos. I remember cross-country skiing to your sap house. Thanks for reminding me!

  2. Fun post Button! Loved the photos and your commentary. Because I live on the west coast, I've never seen a building for the purpose of rendering syrup. Thank you for sharing.

  3. "warm days, cold nights makes the sap run.."

    this was a lovely post, and you made me think of where we were living last year - Wisconsin. Of course being in the Forestry world gives you ample opportunity to get to know many maple syrup producers - and i loved when they gifted us a pint!

    Thank you for sharing the pictures of your "sugar shack" :) !!

  4. Buttons, this brings back so many memories of making maple syrup at 'the farm.' Most all of the supplies, buckets, taps, evaporator pan, strainers, canning jars and jugs for the golden flow of steaming hot syrup, have been moved further north to a beautiful stand of maple that is used just for spring tapping and maple syrupin'. We will enjoy a visit and even help collect for the cook-offs, soon.
    Thanks for the sweet memories. I'm sorry to see yet another tradition fall by the wayside.

  5. Nice post Buttons. I love old buildings and always admire their pasts. Here it won't be long til the saps a risin'!

  6. So that is what the inside of the building looks like...

  7. That is an amazing piece of history! I love seeing old buildings and learning why they were there and what they were for.
    I'm not familiar with harvesting maple syrup, so this is fascinating for me.

  8. love the photos of the sap house. Very similar to one I've seen through the years. Brings me back to making french toast as s kid with lots of maple syrup.

  9. How interesting! The photos make me want to know more about this structure. How sad that it is no longer being used. And the apparent vandalism is deplorable. Thank you for sharing this information with us. :)

  10. Lovely photos.
    Never had maple syrup, not that I know of.
    What does it taste like?
    Take care xoxox m.

  11. Neat photos! Many years ago, I visited a sugar bush in upstate NY. It looked like lots of hard work, but was fascinating. Love that fresh maple syrup!

  12. Am learning more and more about the syrup process by reading folks' blogs. Wow. Lots of work and 'evaporation' needed. :)

  13. Beautiful pictures.
    White Angel, I can't believe you have never tasted maple syrup. It is something like Corn Syrup only many times better, a sweet maple flavour, delicious.


  14. Great post! We usually take a trip to a local maple syrup maker at a place called the Sugar shack for a community breakfast.

  15. What great pictures of your farm. I read about the sad story of what you went through with the rabies. I am glad you told the story because sometimes we glamorize Farming those of us that live near the city.There is a true grit to those of you that live the Life you have on a farm and difficult decisions you have to make.

  16. This post reminded me of stories my Grandmother would tell of being in a family who grew sorgum and processed it all on there farm.Grandma was the only girl so "she cooked all day long for the hard workin men folk"...(her words)
    Thanks for the post

  17. Wish you could move it here and we could repair it. We still do our sap outside on open fire. The odd twig gets in at time! Sap is running well today, it froze the last two days.

  18. What a great find! Thanks for sharing the pictures. I've been reading about how "real" maple syrup offers more health benefits than corn syrups (which basically offer none). My great-grandparents use to tap their own trees and make their own syrup in WI. People use to work so much harder than we seem to now, and be so much more self-sufficient. Now we do less and fuss about it more.

  19. I wish I could see it and wish I could have been there when it was in use for making syrup. I have always wanted to do that since reading the The House Books by Laura Ingalls so long ago. Thanks for sharing.

  20. What a shame that something so wonderful is wasted and ruined!...:)JP

  21. What a wonderful post. It's amazing that you found this, and I'm so glad you've shared.

  22. How cool! Lovin' the galvanized roof and that amazing "oven":@)

  23. My people are in the southern US and used to grow sorghum to boil down into sorghum syrup. I used to ditch college for 3 days every fall semester and go help. Even without the evaporator pan, I recognized the stone firebox.

    Thank you for bringing up such fond memories.

    My aunt let my cousin and his teenage friends tear the whole thing up years ago because she didn't want to boil syrup anymore. I'm sad that it's gone.

  24. I love old many stories!
    And I wish I could have some maple syrup :)

  25. Beautiful shots of the old building , enjoyed reading the history behind it. I made shagbark hickory syrup a few months ago , it's a long process , but well worth the effort.

    ~ Farm Blessings ~

  26. great pics...we have an old mining town's amazing to wonder what all went on in those half crumbling buildings and rusted tools.

  27. Thanks for stopping by. How awesome it this. We plan to make a sugar shack, but it won't be ready in time for this sugarin'. That is one awesome building. I'm going to have to show my husband this post, I know he'll love it.

  28. NDF...I have never heard of Corn Syrup.
    Thanks for trying to explain the taste of Maple Syrup.

  29. How cool is that? I love it--amazing it’s still there and in tact for the most part. Love history in buildings too. Thanks for sharing this with FFF-great to have you!


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