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Steam Train

Four Ways to Harness the Power of Heat

A few years ago, on a cold December evening, a massive, vintage steam train rolled into my hometown as part of an American history tour. Steam trains have become so rare that I imagine seeing this locomotive was a once in a lifetime opportunity for Jim and me… There is not a sugar maker alive […]

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Asarasi Sparkling Tree Water

We recently met with Rebekah, representative of the New York-based Asarasi Sparkling Tree Water company, at the Lake Erie Maple Expo in Pennsylvania. Rebekah explained that Asarasi is purchasing the waste from maple producers’ R.O. systems (which is pure water). They then carbonate and bottle the water, and sell it at a wide variety of […]

Weight Limits for Vehicles Transporting Maple Sap or Syrup

A letter from Senator Terry Moulton and Representative Bob Kulp Date: Tuesday, September12, 2017  Subject: Co-sponsorship of LRB 0366-1 and 2022-1, Weight limits for certain vehicles transporting maple sap or syrup DEADLINE:  September 19, 2017  Under current law, vehicles transporting dairy products enjoy a slightly higher maximum weight limit than most transport vehicles. This bill would […]

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National Library Week, April 9 – 15, 2017

This week is National Library Week! In celebration of this special week, Smoky Lake is sending a special donation/grant to the Public Library in Williamsburg, Ohio. The funds will be used for children’s reading programs and/or adding additional maple books to their circulation. Are there any maple books you would recommend for the Library? Are there any […]

Krispy Kreme

Stand Up Against Krispy Kreme’s Fake Maple

Another big food manufacturer is in the news after being sued for a misleading product name. This time it is Krispy Kreme Donuts. They advertised a “Maple Glazed” Donut which did not actually contain any real maple syrup. Come on Krispy Kreme! You are breaking our hearts! To petition against this misleading practice, reply in the comments […]