We’re just going to come right out and say it: You haven’t truly tasted a pancake until you’ve drizzled it with real maple syrup.
Not the gloppy stuff that comes in a whimsically shaped bottle at your nearest convenience store — the real deal. Liquid breakfast gold. Delicately sweet, delightfully maple-y and deliciously…well, delicious.
What’s even better is that it came from a tree across town.
Pretty neat, right? From the time that maple sapling emerged from the ground to the moment you bite into your Insta-worthy pancake, the product you’re enjoying has been meticulously cared for by folks who you greet at the farmer’s market and shake hands with after a ballgame; the ones who care for your community just as much as you do because it’s their livelihood.
As spring slowly and beautifully emerges from the icy clutches of winter, those folks across town have been busy tapping trees, collecting sap and turning it into a product they can be proud of.
And we, for one, can’t wait to give it a try.
So be sure this spring to turn maple syrup into more than just a product you dump out of a $1.88 bottle from the breakfast aisle. Make it a memory. Visit a place where the trees are tapped and watch the process unfold.
Take home a bottle and find a special recipe. Serve it with pride; make it a conversation topic.
Also, consider adding a pat of local butter. You can never have too much of a good thing.
Submitted By: Abbey Roy, Newark, Ohio