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Spring is here. The sap is flowing. I am celebrating maple syrup. It is so delicious. And local. Experiment with using maple syrup in recipes instead of sugar. For each cup of sugar, substitute 3/4 cup syrup, and reduce the liquids in the recipe by 3 Tablespoons for each cup of syrup used.

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Want to make $270/gallon of maple syrup? New Hampshire Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Taylor writes about a family who, by word-of-mouth and thanks to a nearby resort, have customers year-round.

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Edwina and Steve HardySteve Hardy figures he began "sugaring" – as it's called in his native Vermont; in Maine they call it "sapping" – when he was about eight years old. His mother told him he'd have to wait until the quart jar on the tree on the front lawn was half full before he could bring it in to boil down on the kitchen stove. "I got almost enough syrup to taste," he recalls, chuckling at the memory.

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