The Sugar Season: A Year in the Life of Maple Syrup, and One Family's Quest for the Sweetest Harvest
A year in the life of one New England family as they work to preserve an ancient, lucrative, and threatened agricultural art--the sweetest harvest, maple syrup...
How has one of America's oldest agricultural crafts evolved from a quaint enterprise with "sugar parties" and the delicacy "sugar on snow" to a modern industry?
At a sugarhouse owned by maple syrup entrepreneur Bruce Bascom, 80,000 gallons of sap are processed daily during winter's end. In The Sugar Season, Douglas Whynott follows Bascom through one tumultuous season, taking us deep into the sugarbush, where sunlight and sap are intimately related and the sound of the taps gives the woods a rhythm and a ring. Along the way, he reveals the inner workings of the multimillion-dollar maple sugar industry. Make no mistake, it's big business--complete with a Maple Hall of Fame, a black market, a major syrup heist monitored by Homeland Security, a Canadian organization called The Federation, and a Global Strategic Reserve that's comparable to OPEC (fitting, since a barrel of maple syrup is worth more than a barrel of oil).
Whynott brings us to sugarhouses, were we learn the myriad subtle flavors of syrup and how it's assigned a grade. He examines the unusual biology of the maple tree that makes syrup possible and explores the maples'--and the industry's--chances for survival, highlighting a hot-button issue: how global warming is threatening our food supply. Experts predict that, by the end of this century, maple syrup production in the United States may suffer a drastic decline.
As buckets and wooden spouts give way to vacuum pumps and tubing, we see that even the best technology can't overcome warm nights in the middle of a season--and that only determined men like Bascom can continue to make a sweet like off of rugged land.
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The Sugar Season: A Year in the Life of Maple Syrup—and One Family's Quest for the Sweetest HarvestUser Review - Kristi Chadwick - Book Verdict
Whynott (writing & literature, Emerson Coll.; A Unit of Water, a Unit of Time) follows Bascom Maple Farms president Bruce Bascom, his family, and his employees through the 2012 season at Bascom's ... Read full review
3 Earliest Boil Ever
4 Straight At It and All Out
5 The First FullTime Sugarmaker
6 A Gallon Every 22 Seconds
7 A Sugarhouse Full of Sound and Everybody Coming Around
8 Short Sweet and of High Quality
13 The Forecast
14 Arent You Afraid Mr Bureau?
15 The Sugar Camps of St Aurelie
16 The Route of the Sugarmakers
17 Seasons of Change
18 Summer in March
19 Sugar on Snow
20 Most of Maine Is Downstairs
9 Here for the History
10 The Sugar Machine
11 You Need a Mountain
12 Why Be Competitors When You Can Be Cooperators
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