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Saturday, March 24, 2007 

Maine Maple Sugar ~ mmm Good!

Today was a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon. As we learned, it was a perfect day for the sap to flow and therefore, the Sugar House at Gile's Family Farm was in high gear.

Frank, our guide, told us how the sap rises from the roots of the maple tree in its quest to nourish the buds that are sprouting on the branches. He explained that the tap collects a very small portion of this sap and does no harm to the tree (as long as the proper care is taken).

We entered the Sugar House and were pleasantly greeted with samples of maple butter, maple nuts and chewy maple cookies.

We learned about the modern advantages of reverse osmosis and of oil fired burners.

The gift shop was an opportunity for everyone to purchase some of the "liquid gold" that was probably made just the day before.

Of course, I bought maple candy. You know, those little maple leaf shaped candies, because I really love them and, a moose shaped maple lollipop (for Janice) because I liked the looks of it.

If you missed this great opportunity, we'll do it again next year. The 4th Saturday of March every year is Maple Sugar Saturday at The Maine Stay Inn. Mark it down on your calendar or, better yet, call us and we will mark you down on our calendar.

"We have the nicest guests!"

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