Making maple syrup means we see a lot of trees. Thousands of them, actually. The view is lovely; enjoy some of our daily scenery.
Syrup has caused more eloquent exclamation than “Yum!” (Although we do agree that this is a top-notch response.) Have a look at Robert Frost’s thoughts on sugaring:
“Evening in a Sugar Orchard”
From where I lingered in a lull in march
outside the sugar-house one night for choice,
I called the fireman with a careful voice
And bade him leave the pan and stoke the arch:
‘O fireman, give the fire another stoke,
And send more sparks up chimney with the smoke.’
I thought a few might tangle, as they did,
Among bare maple boughs, and in the rare
Hill atmosphere not cease to glow,
And so be added to the moon up there.
The moon, though slight, was moon enough to show
On every tree a bucket with a lid,
And on black ground a bear-skin rug of snow.
The sparks made no attempt to be the moon.
They were content to figure in the trees
As Leo, Orion, and the Pleiades.
And that was what the boughs were full of soon.
Hillsdale College recently tasted syrup from Roxbury Mountain Maple during a luncheon hosting nationally recognized writer, political commentator and cultural critic, Mark Steyn.
The January 30th meal featured maple glazed salmon. The event’s chef, Luke, graciously shared his recipe with us. Try it and let us know what you think — the guests at Hillsdale were enthusiastic about the dish.
Maple Glazed Salmon:
Heat the grill to a very high temperature. Next, cook the salmon on one side, but keep it as close to rare as possible. After grilling, glaze the fish and cook in the oven for seven minutes. Enjoy!
Maple Glaze Recipe:
1 cup Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce
1 cup Bourbon “Your Choice”
1 cup Grade A medium syrup
Roxbury Moutain Maple is having a Thanksgiving Special! You know about our delicious maple syrup, but our maple business is not our only farming venture. We also raise turkeys for your Thanksgiving feast. They are grown naturally in a healthy and fresh environment. No hormones or medications are added to the turkeys’ food to increase size.
While you’re picking up your turkey, remember to grab some maple syrup, as well. It complements apple pie and is great with maple coffee. Maple syrup will add flavor to some of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes.
If you are interested in buying our turkeys, or maple syrup, please give Roxbury Mountain Maple a call.
With our family and friends, we work to tap the maple trees located right in our backyard here in New York’s Catskill Mountains. Since we began tapping in March of 2011, we’ve learned much about the process. Tapping trees for maple syrup is really quite an art.
The equipment we use for this process includes spiles, brace and bit, collection buckets, and an evaporator. The trees that are best suitable for tapping are about 1 ½ feet in diameter and are well exposed to the sun.
The tapping process takes place during a small window, which is very dependent on the weather. The winter of 2011 was great; we tapped for nearly three months straight. The winter of 2012, thanks to the unseasonably warm weather, was comparatively awful. We were barely able to tap for more than a couple of weeks.The sap begins to flow when there is a hard freeze at night and sunny weather during the day, with temperature in the 40′s. If daytime temperatures do not go above 40, or if night temperatures do not go below 40, the sap stops flowing.
The trees are tapped using vacuum-sealed lines that run to our sap house, so when we have a good run the sap from all over the mountain comes gushing through our tubing into storage tanks. From there, it goes into a reverse osmosis machine to remove some of the water content and concentrate the sugar. The concentrated sap is then boiled down to syrup in an evaporator and stored in barrels for bottling.
We always encourage customers to come visit us in the Catskill Mountains! The entire process is fascinating to watch (and even more fascinating to participate in), and when the sap is boiling the sugarhouse smells like heaven. If you want to visit Roxbury Mountain Maple, call us today. Don’t forget that you can order maple syrup online, as well.
You will be able to find our maple syrup every Wednesday at the Union Square Greenmarket.
Since 1976, the Union Square Greenmarket has allowed farmers, fishermen, and bakers to connect with new customers in a great public space. This year’s market should see over 100 vendors offering wines, ciders, fruits, vegetables, and of course Roxbury Mountain’s finest maple syrup products.
The Greenmarket has grown exponentially over the past 35 years, and Roxbury Mountain is honored to take part. Join us at the Greenmarket and support local agriculture while you socialize with 60,000 like-minded shoppers and farmers. Watch cooking demonstrations and taste delicious food by some of New York’s finest local chefs.
Union Square Greenmarket
North and west sides of Union Square Park
Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday
8:00AM – 6:00PM
[the market will be closed Friday 11/23/12]
WIC and FMNP checks accepted at farmer stands
EBT/Food Stamps accepted at the market info tent
Health Bucks now available – for every $5 spent in EBT, customers receive a
$2 Health Buck coupon to purchase additional fruits and vegetables.
Roxbury Mountain Maple will be one of the maple producers participating in this year’s New York Maple Weekend.
March 17th–18th and 24th–25th from 12pm -6pm.
Each day will include an assortment of activities, such as:
Come and enjoy a taste of maple. Also, bring the kids and get a little taste of farm life by meeting Rodney the steer, Penelope the goat and our adorable baby chicks!
For more information give us a call as well as check out the New York Maple Weekend’s website at www.mapleweekend.com.
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Today I told Rebecca that, “at least when you’re busy, you always know what you’re supposed to be doing at that moment.” I’m not exactly sure if she thought it was a profound statement or not, but today was one of those days. February 1st marks the first boil of the year for our season [...]