February 11, 2021
It’s getting to be that time of year! Time to learn how to make maple syrup (at least virtually), visit local sugar houses, and try a maple-flavored craft beer styled after Bernie Sanders’s now-iconic mitten-pose (“S’mitten Mittens” by Vermont’s Four Quarters Brewing Company). We do have fun, don’t we?
And there’s even more good news afoot. A fifth-generation Ontario producer makes a comeback in the age of COVID, a Pennsylvania producer donates 5% of revenues to charity each month, the second annual Kentucky Maple Syrup Day is in the offing, and this Ohio producer revives a collegiate sugarbush.
Your pantry already knows the versatility of 100% pure maple syrup! But here are more recipes to try all the same: Peanut Soup, Roasted Butternut Squash with Crumbled Chickpeas, Pecan Mocha Truffles, and Chocolate Almond Butter Squares.
You can add building luge and bobsled tracks to the list of audacious, COVID-era things people are up to in the backyard this winter. Also: this $2 Million “cigar lodge.” And: this backyard wedding chapel. (Speaking of backyard weddings, in celebrity backyard news, Pamela Anderson got married to husband #4 in her backyard recently.)
There’s still time to participate in the Audubon Society’s Great Backyard Bird Count! Will you see a Sharp Shinned Hawk, an Eagle, or one of these Owls in your backyard? Either way, think about leaving that downed tree. It may be a bonanza for winter wildlife.
Farmers are telling us to plan ahead for 2021 gardening season – supplies are, again, short! And folks who live in year-round growing seasons continue to help their neighbors by donating backyard produce to the hungry. Sun Belt, will you be our Valentine? Sincerely, Up North.