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Winners of our 2014 photography contest

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The Other Syrup

Why birch is the hot new flavor

by Mary Thill

In early April, when Mike Farrell hears the first high chirps of spring peepers, that’s his cue to switch from maple to birch. Farrell is director of Cornell University’s Uihlein Forest, in Lake Placid, where he oversees 5,000 sugar-maple taps. And, for three years now, when the sap stops flowing in the ma­ples, he and his staff drill spout holes in 700 birches, drawing off some of the trees’ internal spring thaw and boiling it down into a stout-dark syrup that is nothing like maple syrup. read more


Archived Articles

April 2013   Keg Party From cult classics to new arrivals, Adirondack breweries are tapping into the national obsession with craft beer
February 2014   A Breed Apart The central Adirondack pedigree of the Patch beagle
At Home in the Adirondacks 2013   Adirondack Still Life A closer look at the curious art of taxidermy
February 2009   11 Winter Skills Every Adirondacker Needs to Know
  WATCH: Wave-like Kelvin-Helmholtz Clouds Forming Over High Peaks
March/April 2014   The Other Syrup Why birch is the hot new flavor
February 2014   Avalanche! The Adirondacks has had its share of dangerous snow slides—just last year a Quebec woman was buried up to her neck on Mount Colden. What you should know before hitting the backcountry slopes
February 2004   Vapor Caper A cold night and a hot pot make for sublime song
December 2012   On the Web Adirondack snowshoeing tips, trips and traditions
2013 Annual Guide to the Great Outdoors   Coming Attractions New York State has purchased 18,300 acres surrounding the Essex Chain of Lakes. On October 1 the tract will open to the public. Writer Christian Woodard previews this wild playground.
December 2013   Poutine The North Country flaunts its French-Canadian roots with this Quebecois comfort food
  A Turkey Tale These wild birds are fanning out across the park
February 2014   Aiming for Gold Will two local biathletes medal in Sochi?
December 2013   The Luxe Life A former Rockefeller Great Camp is now the Adirondacks’ most exclusive resort. Inside The Point on Upper Saranac Lake
December 2007   Downhill Diary A Lake Placid racer's notes from the White Circus
December 1990   From the Archive: The Great Blowdown Forty years after the North Country's biggest, baddest weather
At Home in the Adirondacks 2011   Gumming Up the Works The truth about ethanol and what it does to small engines
December 2008   Art Takes a Village A creative cure for Saranac Lake's downtown
October 2011   Suspended Sentence What's the final verdict for Camp Gabriels?
  Native Son The making of an Adirondack man
February 1992   Stolen into Slavery Fort Edward's Solomon Northup paid the price of chains
December 2012   Our Towns: Moriah
October 2012   Our Towns: Canada Lake
June 2012   Our Towns: Athol
June 2012   Laying It on the Line Is the park really defined by its blue border?
October 2013   Loonscape The bird that defines wilderness has been reviled and revered, threatened and restored. David Sommerstein joins a First Lake research safari and reports on the present challenges and uncertain future of Adirondack loons
2012 Annual Guide   Three Fine Days Paddling and camping on Long Lake
February 2012   Life Span The pleasures—and pain—of loving a landmark
At Home in the Adirondacks 2013   Slice of History Recreating old-time bread
At Home in the Adirondacks 2013   Masterpiece Theater The greatest gathering of rustic artisans in the Adirondacks