This week’s question:
The St. Lawrence County K-9 unit has been suspended indefinitely due to rising expenses and lack of manpower, according to media reports. A Facebook page and an online petition dedicated to preserving the St. Lawrence County K-9 unit and its police dog Hershey have been established.
Do you think St. Lawrence County should eliminate its K-9 unit?
Take the NCNow Survey
Results will be posted Monday, March 17.
Last week's question:
Many St. Lawrence County maple producers have begun tapping trees and cooking down sap to make syrup. Do you like maple products?
89.7 % • Yes
9.5 % • No
.9 % • Unsure
Have you ever been involved in the maple sugaring process?
51.5 % • No
37.7 %• Yes, but not anymore
10.8 % • Yes
Total responses: 348
Total comments: 90
stop and watch
3/8/2014 5:45 AM
As a teenager in SLC, I would tap trees and my Grandma would boil it down for me on her kitchen wood stove. We did it together with alot of grand motherly Love.
3/6/2014 4:02 AM
Only once with my children, we boiled the sap until the wall paper came off the kitchen walls.
3/4/2014 2:36 PM
My favorite time of year
3/4/2014 9:03 AM
Made maple syrup in my kitchen a few times when my children were young.
3/4/2014 7:22 AM
You're telling us the sap is running already? Do you think we're idiots??
3/4/2014 6:16 AM
just on the consumption side
3/3/2014 5:53 PM
We made syrup when our kids were young.
3/3/2014 5:04 PM
but I buy maple syrup! I's delicious!
3/3/2014 4:09 PM
On the farm growing up and still today.
3/3/2014 9:57 AM
End Process...satisfied consumer
3/3/2014 9:55 AM
I grew up helping my dad gather sap, boiling until all hours of the morning. What great memories.
3/3/2014 8:57 AM
No sap yet boil but maybe this week if we're lucky mother Nature has all the control on sugaring,
3/10/2014 6:46 AM
They will never beat..... Mrs butter worth....log cabin.......or aunt jamimah.".....
3/10/2014 6:03 AM
Made maple syrup back in the fifties when one collected sap by pail to a horse driven punchin then to a large storage tank at the shanty . 100 gallons sap made three to five gallons syrup .
3/9/2014 4:35 PM
not able to have it any more
3/8/2014 2:49 PM
I think it is GREAT we have producers in St.Lawrence County so our money doens't go out of the county
3/8/2014 2:19 PM
more potential here for eco dev than the thousands of dollars we give away each year in power for downstate
3/8/2014 12:43 AM
Used to help collecting sap when things were done "old-school". Sap was collected in buckets, then poured into a wooden vat on a sled, pulled by two draft horses. Those were the days!
3/8/2014 11:03 AM
how do they tap and cook down when everything is FROZEN
3/8/2014 5:45 AM
Unable to have Maple products - Diabetes
3/8/2014 2:13 AM
As to the first question, Why would I be involved, and why would I WANT to be?
3/7/2014 6:08 PM
Maple trees are probably the Northcountry's greatest untapped natural resource (pardon my pun). And utilizing them properly does not cause much of any harm or negative effects, like utilizing many other natural resources often does. We really should make the most of our numerous old maples that stand untapped every spring.
3/7/2014 1:55 PM
WHY ARE THEY SO EXPENSIVE ?
3/7/2014 9:09 AM
THERE IS NOTHING BETTER TO EAT THEN"REAL" MAPLE SYRUPPOUR IT ON CAKE,ICE CREAM,ON SNOW.IT,S JUST GREAT
3/7/2014 8:35 AM
My father use to tap trees and boil syrup the old fashion way...which I myself think that it more fun back then and harder work!
3/7/2014 6:09 AM
Maybe I will tap something. Stupid question.
3/7/2014 5:37 AM
Of course, who don't like Maple products!!
3/6/2014 9:14 PM
Been involved in maple production since I was a young child and then married into it. Lots of great memories, good exercise and hard work with a "sweet" reward.
3/6/2014 3:08 PM
It's great stuff; too expensive for us anymore, but I still love it.
3/6/2014 2:36 PM
I love pure maple syrup. The fake stuff is yucky. I'll eat less of something else so I can have the real syrup on occasion.
3/6/2014 1:31 PM
Northern NY's Maple products are the best in the world.
3/6/2014 8:06 AM
I am 60 yrs old. When I was growing up several of my neighbors had sugar shacks ,it was fun as a kid to visit them. Now kids miss out on that. We use to eats boiled surup on snow.
3/5/2014 8:22 PM
Absolutely, I add it to my tomato sauce, squash, chili, any home made product that calls for sweet, I substitute maple syrup. It cuts the acid in tomato products, so better for you innards. Keep a small jug in the fridge, and put the rest in the freezer, but in a non glass conno I have never made maple syrup and do I like maple syrup Yuppers !..... Remember though IHOP or House of Pancake customers... the yuk in the syrup flasks on their tables is not Maple Syrup but Aunt Jemies "caramel flavored oils " so show you are a mindful shopper and ask for Real Maple Syrup ! Next weeks question let me assume since it will be around Saint Paddy's Time ..... hmmm "do you like green beer and corn beef and cabbage??" . Well i'll give my response now ..... my palate luvs 'Green Beer and cabbage" but in that combination it gives me " rechid gas that lingers">>>>.. so that would be TMI . :)
3/4/2014 6:02 PM
I would love to be a maple syrup producer.
3/4/2014 10:45 AM
Freshly made Maple Syrup is one of the many benefits of North Country life! I love the natural syrup we buy here. My hat is off to those who make superior Maple Syrup (but not all do). Please keep the quality high in order to maintain your excellent reputation!
3/4/2014 10:06 AM
Can't wait to have some fresh maple syrup on pancakes and on french toast!
3/4/2014 9:24 AM
3/4/2014 8:40 AM
I enjoy helping out a good friend of mine who can't get around as well as he used to. Just being out in the outdoors and the fresh air is what I especially like. If I can make it easier for someone else to make their syrup than I take the opportunity to do so.
3/4/2014 8:33 AM
Once again NCN has shown its utter ignorance of local industry; NO ONE has gotten any fresh sap so far this year! For the love of Pete, do a little research before typing!
3/4/2014 7:33 AM
It is highly unlikely that anybody is "cooking down" sap (usually referred to as boiling sap) yet, since the temperature is going below 0 tonight (Monday), and the temperature usually has to go above freezing in the daytime for much sap to run. On the other hand, we have certainly had temps below freezing at night, the other half of the equation for sap to flow.
3/3/2014 9:48 PM
I like Mrs Butterworth's sugar free syrup, being a diabetic its the best
3/3/2014 9:33 PM
And youir point is?
3/3/2014 8:12 PM
Hasn't been thawing enough for the sap to run
3/3/2014 7:58 PM
3/3/2014 7:57 PM
Have it shipped to NC every year!
3/3/2014 7:13 PM
My Grandfather had a large sugar bush on the Potsdam Canton Road. When we were young many of us grandchildren would help gather sap. We would ride a horse drawn wagon to empty the buckets in the woods. Then we would sit in the sugar house while the sap was boiled to make the syrup, it smelled so good. My Uncles ran it for years, and now it is sad to see it sit idle.
3/3/2014 6:57 PM
I hope the Maple Sugar season is the best ever, what a great product we have in our area, everyone should get some of the products from our local producers
3/3/2014 6:03 PM
Natures sweetener... maple syrup and maple sugar nothing could be finer
3/3/2014 5:53 PM
I love it on oatmeal on wintery mornings.
3/3/2014 5:04 PM
100% Pure Maple Syrup from New York State is fantastic! I purchase every year.
3/3/2014 4:02 PM
Can't wait for the new crop
3/3/2014 3:53 PM
Grade A Light Amber Syrup--Yum Yum--Especially over vanilla ice cream!!
3/3/2014 2:37 PM
Maple sugar and maple syrup is fantastic. I think I love it more now than when I was a little boy. Lot of hard work but the payoff can't be matched.
3/3/2014 2:13 PM
I'm looking to buy sap too. If you have any to sell check my craigslist ad.
3/3/2014 2:06 PM
Maple syrup is one of the best tastes in the world - I only use the REAL stuff.
3/3/2014 12:29 AM
I love maple syrup. I live in Tulsa Oklahoma and miss the good ole St Lawrece County syrup a lot.
3/3/2014 12:13 AM
As a teenager, I lived near a farm where maple syrup was made. The owners of the farm used to invite neighbors down one day during sugaring season to experience the process of gathering sap, cooking the sap and eating "sugar on snow." Real maple syrup is one of my favorite things in life. I wish it weren't so expensive.
3/3/2014 11:41 AM
And, I will only buy from producers close to home. I prefer the syrup from a farm I can walk to. It's a small, family operation of good people that are fine neighbors and I prefer to support my "neighbors" businesses.
3/3/2014 11:40 AM
Always a sure sign if Spring!
3/3/2014 11:38 AM
Making maple syrup is a lot of work, but fun to do. It's also an activity done in the spring when not much else is going on , something to do with sweet rewards.
3/3/2014 10:36 AM
We make our own for all the family. We boil over wood. It has the best flavor. We do not like it over fuel oil/gas and the least favorit is reverse osmosise. That does not seem to have much flavor. boiled over wood is natural, the way it used to be done.
3/3/2014 9:57 AM NY only taps 2-3% of its mature maple trees compared to Quebec's 33%. My kingdom for a state government that cares enough for rural economic development!
3/3/2014 9:50 AM
My Dad used to make maple syrup and the darker the better. Nothing makes, french toast, pancakes or homemade waffles taste better than real maple syrup. Also you cannot beat boiled maple syrup frosting.
3/3/2014 9:49 AM
The sap can't run nor can you make syrup when the temperatures stay below zero. Mother Nature isn't ready yet!! The least you could do is use proper terminology in your questions - you boil sap to make syrup.
3/3/2014 9:39 AM
we have helped our friends out with their open house for about 12 years now. We love that the public and community come out and support the Maple Producers. Hope to see you this year!
3/3/2014 9:35 AM
Always go to Maple Syrup sellers open house and pancake breakfasts.
3/3/2014 9:30 AM
pEOPLE SHOULD EAT MORE NATURAL PRODUCTS
3/3/2014 9:26 AM
What kind of questions are these for a 'survey'? Why not ask a hard one like, "Who likes toast?" or "Who has a navel?" Or, you could ask something relevant and controversial such as, "Do you think non-essential programs such as public libraries, arenas, youth recreation, and museums should continue at the expense of taxpayers?"
3/3/2014 9:20 AM
Maple syrup on French vanilla ice cream is the best.
3/3/2014 8:53 AM
Surprised to see how pricey this product is here where they produce so much of it.
3/3/2014 8:50 AM
Maple leaf candies are so good, maple butter is great too. My uncle makes it, real syrup on my pancake
is great! I don't like fake syrup
3/3/2014 7:54 AM
Maple products and Honey are Mother Nature's natural sugars. Many people still use these products today for sugar substitutes just as was done back during Depression times. Thank Goc for these Producers.
3/3/2014 7:23 AM
I am from the Hudson Valley region. I have been living up north for about 13 years. I have very good childhood memories of taking a Saturday to drive out to an apple farm and pick apples. Picking up some maple sugar candy or maple syrup was usually something that we did. As am adult I have toured the places where maple syrup is made, but have never actually been part of the process. I do love maple sugar products!
3/3/2014 7:12 AM
When I was a kid we would tap the maple trees in the front yard, love to check the buckets each day and help with the boiling for syrup. Especially loved to take some of the hot syrup and pour on snow and make maple candy ( just make sure it was not yellow snow)
3/3/2014 7:05 AM
Pure maple syrup is nature at it's very finest! The fake stuff is so horrible by comparison.
3/3/2014 6:55 AM