queen maple

our students and staff traveled "down the road a piece" tuesday to the orebed sugar shack.
i think the taste for maple sugar is something not everyone has, but oh, for me walking into the sugar house was far better than an ice cream shop. or candy store. jeff was a superior host.
and this is his evaporator! i don't even know if it's called that because it's so high tech. the last sugar operation i visited was wood fired and rustic. this is an organic operation, even the filtering system containing diatomaceous earth and cotton paper is screened to insure it's organic. 

and afterwards we got samples... little cups of maple syrup, maple sugar candy, muffins and cookies made with maple, maple "chips" (little candy chips). our kids enjoyed jeff, asked lots of questions, and sampled the goodies. 
a huge thank you to jeff, for the visit, and the excellent sampling that we all enjoyed.

we traveled through amish country, and these are corn stooks, not very well photographed.
 and sunset, when the wind was blowing and the rain spat, this was the back meadow. a gift.