|Sap ‘pouring in’ for producers, but harvest outcome uncertain|
Bangor Daily News - 2/25/2010.By Sharon Kiley Mack – Machias: This winter’s unusual lack of snow and mild temperatures both day and night is having an extreme effect on Maine’s maple syrup industry. Traditionally, central Mainers begin tapping maple trees between March 7 and 10. The average start date across the state is March 20. But this year trees are already tapped in some places and syrup makers are boiling sap, while in other areas, daytime temperatures are still too low for the sap to run.
|Boiling it up a-sap|
Portland Press Herald - 2/24/2010.By Edward D. Murphy – No, it's not just you. It is unusually warm outside. The maple trees sense it, too, and that means their sap is running abnormally early. Warmer-than-normal days and cold nights are combining to create ideal conditions to get maple syrup season off to one of its earliest starts ever, said Keith Harris of Harris Farm in Dayton. Harris figures his trees' sap production and his syrup output are running a week to 10 days ahead of normal.
|Treat Maine shrimp with TLC|
Portland Press Herald - 2/24/2010.By Anne Mahle – Because Maine shrimp are more tender than the gargantuan Southeast Asian shrimp raised on farms, they require a more delicate hand. Only 60 to 90 seconds is all it usually takes to cook a small batch of this sweet, unadulterated, wild-caught protein.
|Get your hands dirty|
Resurgence - 2/24/2010.By Sandor Katz – Some futurists have imagined that the food of the future will be utilitarian little pills we can pop into our mouths to meet all our nutritional need. No fuss. No work. No decisions to make. No dirty dishes to wash. This is a fantasy of completely de-contextualised food.