"March brings harsh winds and red eyes to the Indians of the Northwest, but in its train comes also the pleasant time of making sugar... The time has come, and the plate represents the women hard at work. Cutting wood, collecting the sap, boiling and straining it, keeps them pretty busy, while the men smoke, and lounge, and talk politics. The leaves of maple are just starting into life, while it may be the snow has not melted form the distant hill-top.
They all love sugar, men, women, and children; and the present is a gala time with them. The children will look as plump again by the time the generous sap ceases to run." - Mary Eastman, wife