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In 1880 both sides of my mother’s family settled in Shepherd, Michigan. As prominent citizens, they chose to plant Maple trees. These trees bring an enormous surplus of nectar that fills the town still today. Annually the Shepherd celebrates this sappy waffle topping in just about everything you can imagine from maple sugar, cake, pie, ice cream, candy, pancakes and so much more.
Since 1966 the town has celebrated this tradition, and people flock to the Village of Shepherd to taste its sweet bounty. There are tractor pulls, arts and crafts, 5K and 10K races along with Pancake Dinners. This recipe comes from this great, and thus it is appropriately named “Shepherd Maple Butter.” The proceeds from this event goes to the children of Shepherd to pay for things they need in the community.
Tammy is quite proud of the heritage that her grandparents began in the late 1880's upon moving to the Shepherd, MI area. Those gone before us beam with pride no doubt as they see the children of the town get help when needed from the profit of the products made from the maple trees they planted so long ago. A small town teaching how to live a more self-sustainable lifestyle.
Many towns have Farmers Markets that carry fruits and vegetables that they are willing to reduce the price of at the end of the day. Just another way to get ingredients inexpensively that are perfect for canning.
It was a common tradition in Tammy's home to can together. Snapping beans and preparing jars was just an activity that was done around the table growing up. Now she shares all that she gleaned from this training.
There are many recipes passed down from generation to generation that at one time or another may NOT be approved by the USDA and Rebel Canners choose to preserve the time-honored methods.
Tammy loves to help fellow Rebel Canners and looks forward to talking with you.
Shepherd, Michigan, United States