maple syrup

Each week John and Heidi pull up a chair to one of our member’s kitchen tables and get to know them a little bit better. This week’s caller, Tom from the Tarpaper Observatory fills the hole in his stomach with a beaker of maple syrup in his oatmeal and yogurt.

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Kent Montgomery joins Heidi and John on the Thursday Morning Show to talk about his experiences collecting sap to make maple syrup.  He tells us this year hasn’t been the greatest year for collecting but not the worst either.  Kent talks about the time and energy that goes into producing syrup with about 30 to 35 gallons of sap per one gallon of syrup.  He describes the importance of friends and family gathering together to converse and enjoy one another’s company while watching the sap boil.

Clayhill Farm and Forest

Harry and Judy Worm are the owners of Clayhill Farm and Forest near Brainerd. Right now Harry is busy hauling sap and making maple syrup, while Judy is taking care of calves and getting ready to try out new ways of teaching agriculture classes - remotely - at Brainerd High School. Harry and Judy covered a lot of ground when they talked with Dan Houg and Katie Carter on the Wednesday Morning Show. Clayhill Farm has been in Judy’s family since the ‘50s.

Just yesterday, Beth Dooley and Mette Nielsen launched their new book, Sweet Nature: A Cook’s Guide to Using Honey and Maple Syrup, published by the University of MN Press. Sweet Nature is a cookbook based largely on local foods and incorporating two of Minnesota’s natural sweeteners, maple syrup and honey.

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Monday mornings at 7:20 we bring you Northern Voices with Leah Lemm. 

'Northern Voices: Celebrating Ties to Minnesota's Northland,' shares sustainable, traditional, indigenous, and ancestral practices of Northern Minnesotans. Through these conversations, 'Northern Voices' celebrates the richness of individual, organizational, and communal ways of life within the region.

This week we head to the sugarbush with JoDan Rousu. 

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This week Marshall gives us some of the stories from The Timberjay newspaper including Wild Rice Sulfate standards in the MN Legislature, the Orr Center, Ely's city silver maple tree tapping and the strong start at the Pike River Hatchery. 

"From my perspective there are no bad sugarbush seasons," says David Manuel. "We always get something...or I should say we are given the gift of the sap to make into sugar, candy and syrup. To talk a little bit more in relevant and contemporary terms, it wasn't the best year, but it wasn't the worst - at least for me."

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This week Marshall tells us about the stories they covered in the Timberjay newspaper:  the maple tree tapping in downtown Ely, the Northwoods Grizzlies going to the state boys basketball tournament and what the 5 year moose survey found out. 

TimberSweet's Award Winning Maple Syrup

Mar 12, 2018

In 2013 Butch and Amy Fideldy had the great honor of winning Best in Show for their Grade A dark amber syrup from the North American Maple Syrup Council. The sap is starting its run in northern MN, so Butch and Amy joined Brett Carter and Katie Carter on Northern Community Radio's Morning Show to talk about their business – TimberSweet - and the process of making syrup.

Jill and Rob Hietala

If you've ever wanted to find out where local food comes from, or if you're interested in becoming a local grower yourself, there's an opportunity to visit Floodwood River Farm between 9 and 11 a.m. this Saturday morning as part of the 4th Annual Iron Range Harvest Festival.

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