Could we have picked a better or more magical day, weather-wise, to visit a local maple syrup farm?
Maple Creek Farm, located in Burnsville NC, is the Southern-most sugar bush in North America. And, if I recall correctly, they are the only commercial maple syrup producer in all of NC. It was truly a wonder to see the high-strung tubing that carried the sugar from the trees and down the hill, with only the help of gravity. After the tour, we took home a 12 ounce bottle of dark maple syrup, which won't last long, I'm sure. Luckily they will be selling at a local farmers market. Mike also snagged a bag of their scrumptious pork sausage, as they also have pork, lamb, apple cider and other wares to offer, too. And as an added bonus, I somehow managed to spill a tablespoon of syrup from my sample cup into my right coat pocket, all over my keys, gloves, and our grocery list. Only me, I tell you. Anyway, it was a glorious afternoon and a lovely welcome back home after our week-long trip to VA. As nice as it is to be back home, I'm seriously missing all of our friends and family. The whole time we were at the farm I kept thinking, "Amber would so love this." And, "I wish my sister was here with us." etc. If only I could teleport everyone I love to Asheville! Oh well. I guess I can't have my syrup and eat it too, eh?