I come from a pancake family. By that I mean that pancakes were (and still are in my house) the celebratory food of choice for major events: birthdays, family visits, holidays, etc. My grandparents had a few homemade recipes to choose from (even buckwheat pancakes that had to sit overnight in the fridge), but the other part of the pancake ritual was the syrup.
Not just any syrup...THE sirup. My grandparents lived in central Illinois and bought their sirup from Funks Grove in Shirley, IL. Founded in 1824 by Isaac Funk, a future member of the Illinois Senate and a friend and supporter of Abraham Lincoln, the property is located near what eventually became Route 66 in that part of Illinois. Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup (spelled with an "i" on purpose) has a fascinating history and the best sirup ever. Of course, it's about the only sirup I've had, unless you count that other stuff I have to have when I'm at IHOP or Denny's or some other pancake serving place. I order 2-3 gallons of it each summer and carefully ration it all year long.
Thus my dilemma...I got behind on my paperwork and when I sent in my order, there wasn't any left. Mind you, it was not a good year for sirup in Shirley, IL, and so production was down as well. So now I must humbly ask if anyone knows of a local CT maple syrup producer that I could try. While I cannot claim to be a New Englander, all three of my children can, and I'm sort of hoping to try out a more local option that they could remember visiting and getting syrup from. No offense to Vermont Maple Syrup producers, but I find that option to be too sweet and heavy. So, I will attempt to get over my sirup snobbery at least for the next little while if anyone can point me in the right direction. I'm happy to let you know how it goes!
P.S. I'm also looking for honey, but not the clear runny kind you buy at the store. I'm looking for the solid, cloudy stuff you have to scoop with a spoon. That's another childhood memory I'm chasing...