The Maple Sugar Book

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A half-century ago, the world was trying to heal the wounds of global war. People were rushing to make up for lost time, grasping for material wealth. This was the era of "total electric living," a phrase beamed into living rooms by General Electric spokesman Ronald Reagan. Environmental awareness was barely a gleam in the eye of even Rachel Carson.

And yet, Helen and Scott Nearing were on a totally different path, having left the city for the country, eschewing materialistic ...

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The Maple Sugar Book: Together with Remarks on Pioneering as a Way of Living in the Twentieth Century

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Overview

A half-century ago, the world was trying to heal the wounds of global war. People were rushing to make up for lost time, grasping for material wealth. This was the era of "total electric living," a phrase beamed into living rooms by General Electric spokesman Ronald Reagan. Environmental awareness was barely a gleam in the eye of even Rachel Carson.

And yet, Helen and Scott Nearing were on a totally different path, having left the city for the country, eschewing materialistic society in a quest for the self-sufficiency they deemed "the Good Life." Chelsea Green is pleased to honor their example by publishing a new edition of The Maple Sugar Book, complete with a new section of never-before-published photos of the Nearings working on the sugaring operation, and an essay by Greg Joly relating the story behind the book and placing the Nearings' work in the context of their neighborhood and today's maple industry.

Maple sugaring was an important source of cash for the Nearings, as it continues to be for many New England farmers today. This book is filled with a history of sugaring from Native American to modern times, with practical tips on how to sap trees, process sap, and market syrup. In an age of microchips and software that are obsolete before you can install them, maple sugaring is a process that's stood the test of time. Fifty years after its original publication in 1950, The Maple Sugar Book is as relevant as ever to the homestead or small-scale commercial practitioner.

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Originally published by J. Day Co., New York, 1950, with a couple of subsequent reprints, this classic volume provides the small-scale commercial practitioner or homesteader with clear instructions on the production and marketing of maple syrup. Includes previously unpublished b&w photographs of the Nearings at work on their Vermont homestead. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890132637
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publications
  • Publication date: 5/30/2006
  • Series: Good Life Series
  • Edition description: 50TH ANNIVERSARY
  • Edition number: 50
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 708,221
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen Nearing left city life with her husband, Scott, nearly sixty years ago to move first to Vermont and then to their farm in Harborside, Maine. The Nearings' food and living philosophies have provided the guidelines for many who seek a simpler way of life. Helen is the author of Wise Words for the Good Life: A Homesteader's Personal Collection, Loving and Leaving the Good Life, Simple Food for the Good Life, and co-author (with Scott Nearing) of The Maple Sugar Book.

Scott Nearing was one of the great social critics and humanitarians of the 20th century. Known throughout the world as the progenitors of the "back to the land" movement, the Nearings combined pragmatism and vision to create a blend now being celebrated by new generations of readers.

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Table of Contents

1. Sugar from trees
2. Indians, the first maple-sugar makers
3. The early settlers make syrup and sugar
4. The sugar bush
5. Sugar tools and equipment
6. Maple sap and sap weather
7. Making maple syrup
8. Marketing maple products
9. Pioneers, O pioneers!
10. The money in maple
11. A life as well as living

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