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Recently, I joined friends on a trip out to Natick Community Organic Farm to check out Maple Magic Day.  We missed the pancake breakfast (so sad!), but we did enjoy a tour of the grounds and stood inside a real sugar shack, bathing in the steam and sugary air.  I was particularly pleased because, last fall, I read a book on maple sugaring, and so felt impressed to experience the workings in person.

An added bonus was running into two friends at the farm, both of whom, unbeknownst to me, work there!

Megna and HeatherHeaded in for the tour with my companions for the afternoon, Megna and Heather (my third companion Alice is off-screen.)

March Maple Magic Month

Welcome sign out front the sugar shack.

Bunny watches

Rabbit watches the crowd.

Poking the fire

A young worker tends the fire.


My friend Donelle re-tells an indigenous-people’s story of maple syrup.

Maple bucket

Sap captured.  Later it will be combined with the sap of other trees and boiled, boiled, boiled.  The wisdom goes that it take forty gallons of sap to produce one gallon of syrup.