Oh Canada: Your Snow Is Sour But Your Maple Is Sweet

by - April 17, 2014

The weather was spring-jacket-beautiful and we rode that jostling wagon across the acreage to the sugar bush in the back of the farm, all five of us and our rubber boots and tightened adventure belts.

Holstein Maplefest, rubber boats

We were only ten minutes from home and this festival has gone on year after year but this was our first time and we were surprised at it's scale - for a homegrown, handmade, backwoods kind of thing.

Holstein Maplefest
Holstein Maplefest, sawing

It's all mud and snow and more mud and we wandered a long trail deeper into the trees until we found the barn where they'd been cooking pancakes for hours.  They loaded our plates. Pancakes. Sausage. Baked Beans. Enough syrup to make it a soupy, delicious mess.  This is how we began - with stomachs filling as a lady in full clown makeup crooned old country songs from a stage in the corner.

It was all very adorable and makeshift and we meandered around, learning how sausage is made and how sap is boiled and miles and miles of tubing connecting all those trees for all that sap.

It was a lovely afternoon of good old fashioned fun!

Holstein Maplefest, maple taffy station

Holstein Maplefest, zipline, cable ride

Holstein Maplefest, maple taffy, wagon ride, kettlecorn

Oh Canada, your snow is sour but your maple is so so sweet!

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