Monday, April 23, 2012

Joe's Maple Syrup

We've had a wonderful visit with Joe and Alice Richardson from upstate New York over the weekend.  Joe was the graduate student who was with Dan at the time of the crocodile attack.  Joe retired from the faculty of Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania where he spent his career as a biologist after getting his PhD. at Duke University.  He and Alice were back in the Triangle where Alice was attending the 50th Reunion of her 1962 graduating class of Duke.

When Joe retired several years ago, he and Alice moved to a wonderful farm in Upstate New York.  They have gardened and raised chickens and for a couple of years Joe made maple syrup by tapping two or three of the maple trees on their property.  He brought us a jar of his homemade syrup while visiting this weekend.  It was really quite tasty, and I used some to glaze walnuts and pecans.
Joe and his homemade syrup.


  1. How wonderful to have a friend who makes his own maple syrup! I've never had it homemade and bet it is so much better than the store bought. I read it takes gallons of syrup to make one cup of syrup so it is a an even more special treat he shared it.

  2. Yes, it is wonderful. I don't think he plans to make more. I believe he said it takes about 40 gallons of sap to make a gallon of syrup. Something like that ratio. I gather it was quite a task especially with improvised equipment.