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About Brian Cunningham
Brian Cunningham loves working with his hands. The grass is cut with a manual reel mower, the driveway is shoveled, and the trees are felled by ax. He also enjoys amateur woodworking and figuring out how to fix the family car himself.
Brian and his wife run Ferrin Brook Farm, a small scale farm offering maple syrup products and pasture raised, organically fed broiler chicken. They keep everything from the garden for themselves.
As a part of the farming, Brian and his wife run a blog that shares insights and guides to help beginners get into farming and other fulfilling homesteading hobbies using easy to understand, fun and original content.
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What you'll find in this book:
- An overview of why maple syrup is better than refined sugar in just about every way
- Detailed advice for how to substitute maple syrup for refined sugar in every recipe you come across: Case by case advice on how, where, and when to replace refined sugar with maple syrup. No sweeping declarations to use across the board, this advice is based on the context of the individual recipe to give quality, uncompromising results
THE RECIPES (most of which are gluten free by nature!):
- Essentials to serve with Syrup: Our favorite recipes for pancakes, waffles, and even a surprise recipe that pairs well with pure maple syrup as a topping
- Pure Maple Syrup Recipes: These are recipes that use candy-making techniques to go from liquid maple syrup to a variety of textures and applications. Learn how to make granulated maple sugar, spreadable maple "butter", and the sugarmaker's favorite seasonal treat, sugar on snow!
- Artisanal Maple Syrups - Infusions and Beyond: These will give a great twist to your next stack of pancakes, or you can bring out the bottle for savory dishes as well. Learn how to make bourbon barrel syrup, bright red strawberry “love potion” syrup, pour over coffee syrup, and over a dozen other unique and fun ideas!
- Desserts & Snacks: Syrup is sweet, but sometimes it’s hard to use liquid sugar to make a great dessert. These recipes are formulated and tested to embrace the moisture of syrup with cakes, cookies, and more that stand up to even the best of desserts made with refined sugar.
- Main Dishes, Side Dishes, and Appetizers: Bring the tree to the dinner table and wow your friends and family with the warm comfort of maple in their meals. Many of these recipes have become weekly staples in our dinner menu, they’re that good (and easy to make)!
- Condiments and Dressings: Syrup is liquid, so these are no brainers. When you take two of the basic tastes and pair them together, you can have some real fun. Here are some ideas for adding sweet and spicy, sweet and tangy, or sweet and salty to your arsenal, all with the unexplainable goodness of maple flavor.
- Drinks: Coffee with maple syrup is smoother and just better tasting than coffee with refined sugar. And you know what, this applies to a lot of drinks. Explore some new territory with these unqiue ideas, include maple sap coffee and homebrewed maple seltzer.
Ferrin Brook Farm is a family home and nano farming operation in Madison, NH. They raise poultry for eggs and meat and maintain several productive gardens and fruit trees. And of course make maple syrup. Their passion is deeply enjoying quality, healthy, local food.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND IN THE BOOK:
- organized tables
- clear, sequential instructions for every phase
COMPLETE AND EASY TO FOLLOW INFORMATION:
- A complete materials list
- Details on how to identify maple trees any time of year
- Guidance to determine how many taps you’ll need
- Estimating how much firewood you’ll need if you boil outside
- Tips to calculate how much sap you might yield
- How to make your own maple taps and collecting jugs
- Plans to build your own evaporator
- Tips for storing sap
- Instructions on how to evaporate the sap and finishing to perfectly delicious syrup
- Bonus ideas for what you can do with leftover sap
Making your own syrup can be as hard or as difficult as you want it to be. You can tap 1 tree or you can tap 1,000 trees. Why not give it a shot!
Ferrin Brook Farm is a family home and nano farming operation in Madison, NH. They raise poultry for eggs and meat and maintain several productive gardens and fruit trees. And of course make maple syrup. Their passion is enjoying quality, healthy, local food.
Because you know you will make the right choices. The chicken you eat will have been raised the way you want it to be raised. Exactly. You choose its feed, you choose its home, you choose how it is treated. You keep them healthy and content.
Because you love food. The texture will be exquisite. The taste will be unique to you and your land.
Because you’ll also develop a deeper connection with your humanity as a meat-eater. You will directly connect with your meals. You will earn your food. You will be a real provider.
Because you will truly make your dinner from scratch.
The real question you need to ask if you have the land and resources is: why not?
Everything in this book comes from several years of experience working with hundreds upon hundreds of chickens first hand. Processes and plans are original and have been developed and refined as the author learned from successes and failures.
Here's a glimpse at what is covered in this comprehensive guide:
- Thorough, step-by-step guidance to planning, preparing, raising, and processing chickens
- Checklists for everything you'll need
- Sequential instructions for everything you need to do
- Criteria for raising meat chickens
- Information on selecting breeds
- Guidance for determining how many chicks to order
- Complete, detailed, and simple plans for building brooders and movable pens
- Guidance on feeding practices to optimize the health of your birds
Brian is a passionate supporter of local food. On nights and weekends he works alongside his wife, Amy, to supply all of their family’s maple syrup, chicken meat, eggs, and garlic. They seek out local sources for all other foods to supplement the other crops in their garden. They are also avid cooks and bakers. By day, Brian is an experienced project manager, focused on improving process and achieving quality results with clear, simple procedures. He brings these skills to books like this one to help everyone achieve their own goals of living local and enjoying food deeply.