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Maple Syrup!: A Blatant Plug and Shameless Self-Promotion

My folks are now the proud (though unbeknownst) owners of a nifty new Etsy shop, featuring their awesome, tasty and nutritious maple syrup! Once this stuff is gone, that's it until next season, folks, and I've got to tell you, this has been the best syrup season in years, so no guarantee that next year's syrup will compare to this!

Get yours now at http://meadowbrookfarms.etsy.com while supplies last! Especially if you're looking for Dark amber - we've only got 2 quarts left!

Seriously, though, check 'em out! Also stop by and check out the all-new official MeadowBrook Farms website at http://meadowbrookfarms.halcott.net. I'm working on expanding the maple syrup section and getting a little photo tour up there, though it's still a little disjointed.

And just in case you're still not convinced:
  • Maple syrup is naturally organic and fat-free.
  • Maple syrup contains many important nutrients including most of the B vitamins, and as much calcium as milk!
  • Maple syrup is also a great source of potassium, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus.
  • ...and niacin, biotin, folic acid, and zinc!
  • It takes 10 gallons of maple sap to make one quart of syrup.
  • The sweet sap that is used to make syrup flows for only a couple weeks every year in the spring. For good sap to flow, it must freeze at night (but not get below 25ºF), and must be above freezing during the day (but not above 40ºF), and the wind must not be blowing out of the south. This critical combination dramatically narrows the window for collection to just a few days each spring.
  • This year in late March, MeadowBrook Farms collected over 21,000 gallons of sap.