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Here we go a maple sugaring (in western MA)

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Here we go a maple sugaring (in western MA)

Chris VR | Mar 18, 2003 06:24 PM

We treked out to western Massachusetts, Northampton area to partake in maple sugar in every form. We picked the North Hadley Sugar Shack and piled into the car for the 2 hour drive from Boston.

We got there around 12:45 and were told there was going to be an hour wait. So we poked around the gift shop, petting zoo (very muddy!) and boiling room. The guys doing the sap boiling were pretty friendly and answered all our questions. The wait was really only 15-20 minutes.

I started out with maple milk... it wasn’t on the menu but I ordered milk and stirred in maple syrup. Then I moved on to a donut spread with maple cream. Hubby ordered sugar on snow which was a cup of shaved ice, with a cup on the side of thick, boiled down syrup. You pour the syrup on the ice and it freezes up to a chewy taffy consistency. Then on to pancakes (not very good, they were undercooked) with... you guessed it, maple syrup. Sausage was ok. We had planned to bring some home ($40/gallon) but at that point the mere thought of anything maple was unbearable.

We narrowly escaped sinking into a diabetic coma and managed to get ourselves to Northampton where we walked off our indulgences in the gorgeous spring-like day. We went to the Fresh Pasta Company for dinner (good garlic bread, good pasta, was unimpressed with the Olive Herb Sauce, mussels in a mushroom sauce were good, a very different take on mussels). We couldn’t resist a stop at Ben and Bill’s Chocolate Emporium where I fell in love with their Figaro chocolates- dark and milk chocolate flavored with hazelnut.

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