February 21st - March 21st 2012
The Sap Moon comes at a time when it is needed most: when the last stores of food are used up and fresh food is only a distant memory. But then something magical happens - the forest reawakens. The birds begin their great migrations, the bears are coming out of hibernation and the trees themselves wake up. Warmer days gets their blood flowing - the sap that is stored in the roots begins to make its annual journey up into the tree and feed the buds their much needed sugars. The trees had spent the entire growing season gathering the sunlight and converting it into sugar to be stored in the roots overwinter and eventually flushed upwards when the Sap Moon arrives. And for thousands of years people have been waiting for this event with bated breath, dwindling food supplies and sap containers ready. This first flush of life into the forest gives hope for the warmth and growing seasons to come.
With that being said, if you'd like to learn a bit more about the sugaring process I'd like to direct you to the latest edition of Edible Grande Traverse Magazine. In it is my detailed write-up on the Sugar Maple's gift to humanity. I discuss how to tap a tree, how to make syrup on a home-scale and the health benefits of Maple Syrup. Hope you like it, I would like to hear your feedback! (its on page 34):