Rugged Ridge Forest owner, Josh Seidman, gave us a tour of his sugarworks in Worcester over the weekend.
It was amazing to make our own sugar on snow from syrup that came from the trees and land we were standing on. And, of course, we paired the gooey sweet amazing yumminess with sour pickles!
We learned all about his wood-fired, large-scale operation that uses firewood harvested from his woods and specialized machinery for vacuum extraction of sap and equipment cleaning. Lots of factors impact the color of syrup, such as time of year, pH, boiling temperature, and duration of the boil. Then we made our own sugar on snow by boiling syrup to 234 degrees Fahrenheit!
And of course we fit in a visit with the farm animals–two draft horses, many chickens, and the best dog on the planet.