April is maple syrup season in New Brunswick, and this past weekend, my family and I took advantage of it. We decided to go to Dumfries Maples, 7520 Rte 102. It's located a half hour from Fredericton on the Saint John River. They have been making syrup since 1998 and serving maple breakfasts for a few years. They serve breakfast in the lodge during the months of March and April. You can tour the cookhouse and a small portion of tapped trees down by the river.
A typical maple tree will give two to five litres of sap on a warm spring day and can produce for a hundred years. It takes 40 litres of sap to produce just 1 litre of maple syrup,and the ratio is even higher for taffy and candy. All the sap collection for maple syrup takes place in a 4-6 week season in March and April.
Breakfast is serious business at this sugar shack. I chose 1 pancake with buffalo sausage. Good thing too, both the pancake and sausage were huge :) Be sure to get an order of biscuits with warm maple butter. They're absolutely delicious.
There was no snow this past weekend, so we couldn't have taffy on the snow. This photo is from 2011, the first year I went to Dumfries Maple. The taffy is made by boiling the sap from the maple trees. Once it's hot enough, it's poured over clean snow and begins to cool down and harden. So yummy!
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