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BAYFIELD - From the raw sap to the table, Richard Dale lists the many way he enjoys his maple syrup.
"I like it on cornbread, oatmeal, certainly I like it on blueberry pancakes," said Dale, owner of Highland Valley Farm.
Blueberries are something the family–run Highland Valley Farm has been harvesting plenty of for nearly 40 years.
"We're primarily berry growers. Eighty percent of our farm produces blueberries," Dale said.
However, before the summer berry season comes spring.
"This season of the year, during Spring break–up, it's all about maple syrup," Dale said.
About a decade ago, Richard and his two buddies decided to syrup during the farms off–season.
"I guess that's how the friendship started. A few building projects and this is the culmination," Jacob Geisler, partner in the Syrup Season, said.
This year with 200 taps, they hope to jar 50 gallons of maple syrup, which is a great outlook compared to last year.
"Last year, we went from winter to summer just bing, bang, boom," Dale said.
It was a big disappointment for Dale because after a long winter, syruping is a way he shows his appreciation for spring.
"On a day like today, your jacket and gloves are off, it's pretty freeing. It's nice to be outside," Geisler said.
"Syruping is a seasonal right. I can't think of a better way to greet Spring as a farmer," Dale said.