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Beneath the metal roof of a long shed at the Central New York Regional Market, amid vendors hawking old CDs or fresh vegetables, Max and Esther Leonard embody one sweet institution: In a voice like an old wind chime, above jugs of maple syrup, Max spends every Saturday chanting, "Free taste!"

"We come here half for the syrup and half for the people who sell it," said Judith McIntyre, of Utica. She and her husband, Pat, have been customers of the Leonards for many years. Like hundreds of market regulars, Judith has trouble imagining the place without white-haired Max and Esther, both 87, who converse gladly about the maple business with anyone who stops

The Leonards got started with maple syrup during World War II, when wartime rationing left many families without sugar. Max and his dad, seeing an opportunity, got busy tapping trees. Gradually, as his father aged, Max took over. He kept buying land until the place grew to about 340 acres. By the late 1980s, he was ready for a break: Max leased most of the farm to his son Bill, who would later hand over the dairy business to his son, Dan.

Products from Leonard Farms Maple Co
Pints and Quarts of Syrup available
PINTS AND QUARTS
OF MAPLE SYRUP
Half Gallons of Maple Syrup
MAPLE SYRUP
HALF GALLONS

Maple Candy and Cream
MAPLE CANDY
& CREAM

How to use Maple Syrup

1) It’s great in the bottom of a pan with butter and cinnamon when making cinnamon rolls.
2) I love it in the fall stirred in with butternut squash along with lots of butter, sea salt & pepper.
3) It’s divine in the homemade applesauce recipe in the Nourishing Traditions cookbook! (Tastes like the best apple pie you’ve ever had! I feel so rich when we still have some jars of this in the freezer.)
4) I’ve also put it on top of yogurt or oatmeal.
5) Oooh, when looking for a picture to use on this post, I saw a picture of “maple banana bread” – doesn’t that sound yummy?! It would be easy to just replace the sugar in a banana bread recipe with Maple Syrup!
6) UPDATE: here’s one more – it’s a great sweetener for homemade ice cream!

These suggestions com from http://kellythekitchencop.com. Thank you Kelly

 


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