The Sugar Season: A Year in the Life of Maple Syrup, and One Family’s Quest for the Sweetest Harvest

The Sugar Season: A Year in the Life of Maple Syrup, and One Family’s Quest for the Sweetest Harvest

Douglas Whynott


A yr within the lifetime of one New England family members as they paintings to maintain an historic, profitable, and threatened agricultural art--the sweetest harvest, maple syrup...

How has certainly one of America's oldest agricultural crafts developed from a old fashioned company with "sugar events" and the delicacy "sugar on snow" to a contemporary industry?

At a sugarhouse owned by means of maple syrup entrepreneur Bruce Bascom, 80,000 gallons of sap are processed day-by-day in the course of winter's finish. In The Sugar Season, Douglas Whynott follows Bascom via one tumultuous season, taking us deep into the sugarbush, the place solar and sap are in detail comparable and the sound of the faucets supplies the woods a rhythm and a hoop. alongside the best way, he unearths the internal workings of the multimillion-dollar maple sugar undefined. Make no mistake, it really is colossal business--complete with a Maple corridor of popularity, a black marketplace, a huge syrup heist monitored by way of fatherland safety, a Canadian association referred to as The Federation, and an international Strategic Reserve that is such as OPEC (fitting, because a barrel of maple syrup is worthy greater than a barrel of oil).

Whynott brings us to sugarhouses, have been we study the myriad refined flavors of syrup and the way it is assigned a grade. He examines the bizarre biology of the maple tree that makes syrup attainable and explores the maples'--and the industry's--chances for survival, highlighting a hot-button factor: how international warming is threatening our nutrients provide. specialists expect that, via the tip of this century, maple syrup creation within the usa may perhaps undergo a drastic decline.

As buckets and wood spouts fall down to hoover pumps and tubing, we see that even the easiest expertise cannot triumph over hot nights in the midst of a season--and that merely made up our minds males like Bascom can proceed to make a candy like off of rugged land.

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