My parents are being super adorables. Inspired by last year’s Starting from Scratch challenge, they got interested in producing maple syrup from their four acre yard in Ohio. Last fall, they marked the sugar maple trees and this spring they tapped them!
My Mom has been sending me email updates on their progress and last weekend I went home to Cleveland and toured their taps. I also got to taste a spoonful of the finished product: it is indescribably unbelievable. It tastes shockingly different from store bought “real” maple syrup, although we don’t know why. The flavor is like sweet butter. Sooo buttery. Un. Believable.
It won’t be a bumper year for syrup, since they are still learning the ins and outs of production. But perhaps next year we’ll be selling super-premium FPF brand maple syrup…
Until then, check out photos of their progress below. Also, the intrepid pioneers at Starting from Scratch are gearing up for another challenge: A culinary endurance match, living only off foods they hunt, farm, fish, and forage. Follow along here as they spend the next year getting prepared!