Woven into the story of Jackson Mountain Maple Farm is the history of Maine sugaring beginning in Farmington in 1781, when Stephen Titcomb boiled off the first official pure Maine maple syrup in a cast iron kettle. Boiling Off tracks the evolution of sugaring technology from Titcomb’s kettle to reverse osmosis and heat exchangers; follows sap gathering techniques from buckets and oxen-drawn drays to plastic tubing and vacuum pumps; and records production in Maine from 8,000 gallons of maple syrup in 1985 to 709,000 gallons in 2017. The story describes the subtleties of syrup flavor, how it is properly graded, and the art of making award-winning maple syrup. It also reveals who produces Maine maple syrup, where it is harvested, and how L. L. Bean first came to stock it on their shelves.
|Publisher:||Down East Books|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
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About the Author
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 1781 Plantation Number One 7
Chapter 2 Sugar Maples 11
Chapter 3 A List of Necessaries 19
Chapter 4 Time Comes to Tap Trees 25
Chapter 5 Boiling Off 31
Chapter 6 Freezing Nights and Freezing Days 39
Chapter 7 Day Mountain Road 47
Chapter 8 The Secret Is Hidden in the Leaves 55
Chapter 9 Bacteria 61
Chapter 10 A Sugar Maple Town 67
Chapter 11 We Own a Farm 73
Chapter 12 Orchard Hill Road 79
Chapter 13 Paraformaldehyde 83
Chapter 14 Plastic Tubing Rescues Maine's Maple Syrup Industry 89
Chapter 15 "Your Syrup Sells Great" 95
Chapter 16 The Maine Maple Producers Association 105
Chapter 17 The Maine Maple Sugar District 113
Chapter 18 Change Comes to Orchard Hill 119
Chapter 19 The North American Maple Syrup Council 125
Chapter 20 The Coming of the Third Millennium 129
Chapter 21 Bacteria Wars 139
Chapter 22 Hydrometers, Hydrotherms, and Wooden Chips 149
Chapter 23 Maine Maple Sunday 155
Chapter 24 Maine Maple beyond Pancakes 163
Chapter 25 Grading Maple Syrup 165
Chapter 26 The Revolution 175
Chapter 27 Somerset County 187
Chapter 28 Full of Hope 199
Chapter 29 Champions 209
About the Author 215
What People are Saying About This
The consummate book about the history, people, and technology involved in producing maple syrup in Maine. . . . a captivating story of the development and advancement of an iconic Maine agricultural industry.
Kathryn Hopkins, International Maple Syrup Institute Board of Directors and recipient of IMSI Golden Maple Leaf Award for excellence.
A great read for anyone wanting to learn more about maple sugaring in Maine.
Lyle Merrifield, president Maine Maple Producers Association.