Ryan will say this pattern of Scottish Highland Cattle is inspired solely by his Scottish heritage, which is certainly part of it, but these beautiful creatures have been in my mind long before he came along.
At the age of 8 or 9, I had a run in with a docile but intimidating herd of these in the Swedish countryside on our way to the summerhouse. Driving down a long country road, we had to get out to open and close a number of farmer’s gates. In one section, a herd had placed themselves right on the narrow road, and I was terrified as my mom had to get in and out of the car to navigate them, and the gates.
After a harrowing ride (in my opinion), we arrived safely at the summerhouse, only to realized Mormor had forgotten the key… and we had to make the trip two more times. Needless to say, I was not happy about it, but I’ve been intrigued by the longhorn cattle ever since.
We saw some activity at the maple shack down the road from our cabin so we popped our heads in hoping to buy some fresh maple syrup. The fellows at Bear Foot Farm not only let us buy syrup from the batch they were making today, but gave us a tour of their space.
A true labor of love, this process. Though on a frigid day like today, it felt quite a bit like hanging out in a sauna, with the steam hitting your face.
Ryan filling our gallon(s) after getting a taste of the maple syrup, still warm from processing.
Area code 802. They ship maple syrup if you can’t make it in person! But it’s a short season, only about 6 weeks, and we’re half way through…. so get it fast.
Back from a lovely little weekend getaway this weekend to Southern Vermont to get a taste of this year’s Maple Syrup harvest. We stayed in this adorable little cottage, the Sugar House, on the Scott Farm Landtrust, once a functioning sugar shack itself, tucked away among mountain heirloom apple orchards. When life in Maine gets too busy, this for us is the perfect spot.