DOVER-FOXCROFT – Nearly 100 places across the state take part in Maine Maple Sunday, but for the folks in Piscataquis County, there’s one place that sticks out to get that sticky treat.
Sunday was the first boil of the year for Bob’s Sugarhouse in Dover-Foxcroft.
During an open house on Maine Maple Sunday, people from near and far crowded around Bob’s Sugarhouse’s evaporator to watch how the maple syrup is made.
It’s a process that owner Bob Moore has been perfecting for a while.
“Well it started when I was ten years old, helping a neighbor empty buckets from a tree and carrying it by horses to the evaporator that was in the field,” said Moore. “And then I built my own little evaporator and it’s mushroomed into this.”
Now that it’s warming up outside and the sap is running again, Bob’s Sugarhouse uses taps within a 12 mile radius.
Moore said before it can be put on a pancake, the sap needs to have its water content reduced and sugar content increased.
So the sap is boiled to evaporate the water.
Visitors got to watch the production of the fifty to sixty gallons of syrup Moore said they’d be making Sunday.
“This one has a lot more to offer than the ones I’ve been to before and the stuff is so good,” said visitor Barbara Floridino.
Maine’s annual Maple Sunday highlights the local businesses that produce the finishing touch for a quality Maine breakfast.
At Bob’s Sugarhouse, his wife does the baking, and everyone pitches in prepping the beans, taffy, cider – everything that can be enhanced with a little maple flavoring.
“It’s basically a friends and family affair,” said Moore.
“We work very hard on this,” said Kaycie Bishop, helping out. Her favorite sweet treat was, “probably the maple cupcakes with the maple frosting.”
“Oh man, as long as it’s maple it’s my favorite,” said Moore.
He estimated that the weekend of Maine Maple Sunday would bring about 2,000 people through his doors.
“It’s the busiest day, but of course the busiest time is at Christmas time,” said Moore.
Bob’s Sugarhouse store on East Main Street is open every day of the week.
Moore also helped start the annual maple breakfast that’s held in Dover-Foxcroft. He said they serve upwards of a thousand people.