Spring in Vermont :-D

It is well known that Spring is slow in coming to Vermont. But lest you think that we are SO far behind everyone else, especially those posting wonderful pictures on blogs (i.e. here), we thought we’d post some pictures of our own.
orchid flowers
We have beautiful flowers blooming… um, indoors on the kitchen counter.
snow peas
Here is Roger happily harvesting our first crop of “snow peas”. They are a little frozen at the moment but will be a wonderful addition to our leftover chicken for dinner tonight.
We don’t quite have cute little fuzzy chicks yet but the hens have done their duty here. Maybe next year we’ll have new little piggies to post as well.
saplinesthumb.jpgcollection tank

Seriously, the maple sap is running. These pictures are of our neighbor’s small operation. We visited a larger sugar house today, hoping to see the sap-to-syrup process in action. Usually they start boiling much earlier; last year they started on Feb 17th. Today – March 24 – will be their first boil and the sugar in the sap is very low. Instead of needing 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup, it will take about 67 gallons. With the higher trend predicted for temeratures it looks like the harvesting season will be rather short as well. We did get to taste sugar on snow (never thought I’d say anything was too sweet for me but this was), maple cream spread on homemade doughnuts (very yummy) and maple creamie, maple syrup in vanilla soft serve – also very good.

Oh, and the weatherman is predicting 3-5 inches of new snow tonight. Ah, Spring….


1 Response to “Spring in Vermont :-D”

  1. 1 stephanie March 24, 2007 at 9:28 pm

    Love it!
    Guess I’d better not mention how I was sitting the the beach today with my toes in the Gulf of Mexico, eh?

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