[Note: Apologies for neglecting my blog! I wrote the below post in April but somehow forgot to actually finish and post it. So here you go: a bit of time travel back to early spring, when the sap ran and snow covered the ground. More updates on my Fulbright project to follow!]
It’s maple syrup harvest season in Quebec — the time of year to visit sugar shacks!
Here’s a song by Quebecois singer La Bolduc to listen to while you read this post. (Not about sugar shacks, but somehow it captures the mood.)
I first learned of the sugar shack (cabane à sucre) tradition from The Tin Flute, a 1945 novel by Gabrielle Roy. The Lacasse family, ground down by poverty in Great Depression-era Montreal, decides to visit relatives in the countryside while “the sap is running.” On hearing that phrase, the mother, Rose-Anna, goes into a rural childhood reverie: Continue reading