When the days are warm and the nights are still chilly, maple sap starts flowing! Pennsylvania is one of the top 10 states for maple syrup production and we’re proud to sell Pennsylvania Maple Syrup in our Farm Market. March is known as “Maple Month” because it’s the primary month to collect the sap that gets made into this “liquid gold” – maple syrup.
I probably don’t need to remind you of all of the typical ways to consume maple syrup, but there’s plenty of unusual ways too! Consider using it to sweeten your hot or iced coffee or use it in oatmeal or granola. There’s also plenty of savory dishes that are delicious with maple syrup, such as substituting maple syrup for brown sugar in Caribbean chicken or making maple mustard.
Another delicious way to enjoy maple flavor is by making maple butter. All you need to do is whisk together room temperature butter with maple syrup and spread it on your favorite bread. Add some apple slices and it will take this snack to a whole new level!
If you’re a teacher or have children in your life that would be interested in learning more about maple syrup, there are many wonderful stories about maple sugaring! Here are a few of our favorites:
Sugar Snow (a Little House book)
Plus, New York State has compiled an expansive packet of maple syrup teaching resources for grades k-6 that are completely free to print out and use!Print
Maple Butter & Apple Toast
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Mix all ingredients together in a stand mixer. Serve on warm bread, muffins or pancakes. Enjoy!