I’m in awe these days, watching nature come back to life. And, when I stop and pay attention, when I witness the changes that take place through the evolving seasons, I can’t help but feel a strong connection to the earth.
At the co-op we honor this connection in many ways, one of which is to buy from and support our local growers that we know are stewards of the environment, working to keep their land healthy and sustainable. Local growers like the Anderson family in Cumberland, Wis. who produce Anderson’s Maple Syrup, a family run business for over 80 years.
The Anderson’s participate in the Forest Cropland Program and Conservation Reserve Programs, both voluntary efforts to protect natural habitats and preserve them for future generations. They also created the Adopt-A-Maple tree program. For every adoption, a donation goes to plant a tree in America’s forests which will help restore areas damaged by wildfire, where critical wildlife habitat has been lost, and to clean our air and water.
With bottles of Anderson’s Grade A syrup on our shelves and Anderson’s Grade A and Grade B available in bulk, we knew we just had to adopt one of their maple trees! By adopting a maple tree we strengthen our connection to the tree’s natural cycle – we can tour the sugarbush and visit our tree We also get email updates for fall color change and spring harvest as well as a chance to get to know your tree using GoogleEarth.
Our maple tree’s sap run was between March 7-31, 2011 and produced about 18.5 gallons of sap. I’m not sure what that boils down to in terms of syrup, but I like to think that some of it made its way into some of the the bottles on our shelves.
If you’ve never tried maple syrup, there’s no better time! This weekend we’ll have samples out:
West 7th store: April 8, 3-6pm
Selby store: April 9, 3-6pm
Also, for the month of April, we have Anderson’s Maple Syrup on sale:
Anderson’s Grade A Maple syrup, 16 oz - sale $9.99 (reg. $10.99)
Anderson’s Grade A Maple Syrup, 32 oz - sale $21.99 (reg. $21.99)
Anderson’s Grade A Maple Syrup, 64oz - sale $37.99 (reg. 43.99)