In the teasing warmth of this afternoon, we visit the Gaining Ground sugar house for one of their first boils this season. Like a bit of Vermont in our own neighborhood, the perfumed steam breathes out the door and roof vent, while visitors gather around the boiler to share stories of their sugaring memories and make acquaintances. Gaining Ground currently taps 175 sugar maples on both public and private land in Concord and Carlisle.
|With daughter Rosie and friend Sean Morris in the foreground|
Farm coordinator, Kayleigh Boyle, stokes the fire and introduces us to the workings of their modern boiler. Sugar boils are scheduled for Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday afternoons until mid-March, weather permitting, and are open to visitors. The sugar house is located on the driveway into Gaining Ground and Thoreau Farm, at 341 Virginia Road.
|Enjoying the steamy warmth while farmer Kayleigh Boyle gives us the story|
|Thoreau Farm in the background|
|Shafts of light, curls of smoke|
|Discussing maple syrup grades|
|Stoking the fire|