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The sugaring industry has a vocabulary all its own,
as most endevours do. It'll be less confusing if I list them!
- sugar arch, the assembly of evaporator pan, firebox,
and smokestack used to reduce maple sap to maple syrup.
- sugar house, (house in Vermont, shack in New Hampshire)
Some places "sap house"
the building in which the sugar arch is housed.
- sugar bush, an orchard of maple trees, usually culled
and cultivated to produce maple sap.
- sugaring, the process of producing maple syrup.
- sugaring off pan, the last evaporator pan used to
boil off water to make maple syrup.
- sap yoke, a device worn over the shoulders with a bucket
hanging from each side to gather sap from the buckets
on the trees. The sap was then poured in a tank mounted
on a sled or trailer. The tank was and/or is towed by
oxen, horses, tractors, trucks, doodlebugs, snowmobiles,
- doodlebug, a homemade tractor made from old, rusted out
cars and/or trucks.
- sap run, (or just run), when the sap is flowing from
- sugar content, the amount of sugar per amount of sap.
- maple sugar, pure maple sugar made from maple syrup.
- sugar on snow, the ultimate delicacy! Maple syrup
boiled down to the proper consistency, then dribbled
onto packed, heavy, wet snow. Eaten with a fork.
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