Wood-Fired Vermont Maple Syrup
Come Taste the Trees
We boil down the springtime sap from 2500 maple trees living on our hillside in Weston, Vermont. All of our sap comes from one sugarbush, so the syrup tastes like Bobo’s Mountain: the soil, minerals, organic material, water and the trees. Bobo's Mountain Sugar is a wood-fired operation, and we use wood sourced either from our land or from our neighbors to ensure our fuel is local. It takes a lively mix of science and magic to make maple syrup, and we wait for those perfect early spring days where night-time temperatures are below freezing and day-time temperatures are above freezing. Then, as the sap is running, we collect it, light up a fire, and boil it down to syrup. When the syrup comes off the pans and you have your first taste of Bobo's Mountain...perfection.
On of the best things about sugaring is how closely held we are to the transition from winter to spring: the most powerful seasonal change in northern New England. We begin making syrup by fixing lines and tapping trees in deep-winter February. The first March boils are cold and quiet ones – wearing jackets and hats until the sugar house warms up. Outside is still frozen solid. By mid April, we’re boiling with the doors open wearing T-shirts and listening to the first sounds of spring: the Red Sox, the water running down the hill, and the wood frogs singing in the pond. After that, we are back in the woods in sneakers, swatting black flies, and watching the spring ephemeral flowers pop off the mountains. There is nothing subtle about this transition, and it's a gift to be pulled through it covered in sticky syrup.
Bobo at the Beard House
On March 23, 2016, Bobo got a special invitation to join five chefs from New England and Canada at a maple-infused dinner at the James Beard House in New York City.
The meal was spectacular.
We loved meeting chefs Brian Mercury, Christine Flynn, Matt Jennings, Tracy Oblosky, and Mike Poiarkoff. Plus it was an opportunity to dust off our city clothes, ride the train (choo0- choo0), and see more than 20 people per square mile. Read more about the event here. http://www.jamesbeard.org/events/maple-run