Good as Gould — Edible Pioneer Valley
The Final Days of Sugaring
The kitchen table is heaped with folders, fat with newspaper clippings and photographs in plastic sleeves, 55 years’ worth of Gould’s Maple Sugarhouse memories. Helen Gould easily and often slides up and down the timeline of family history as she tells me the stories.
“Warm days and cold nights,” says Larry, “that’s the key.” The sap starts flowing and the movement multiplies all over the farm. Through the winter, Helen, three of her six children, Larry, Leonard, and Linda, plus one full time hired helper, run the operation. Come sugaring, the place buzzes with help of siblings, spouses, grandkids, great grandkids, and a team of what Larry calls “local labor.”
By MarykateSmith Despres | Family photographs courtesy of Helen Gould
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