This Saturday we attended the annual Loachapoka Syrup Soppin’ Day. For those of you who don’t know, Loachapoka is a very small town a few miles down the road from us. The syrup soppin’ festivities begin at 7 am for those avid syrup fans. We didn’t get a chance to sample any of the syrup this year, but Nick had some with buscuits last year, when we had a booth there, and said it was very good. I grew up in the south (although some don’t really consider Florida the south, even though it is most southern in location) and I had never heard of eating syrup with buscuits! Nick informed me, however, that at his house growing up this was a normal, occasional breakfast choice. While at the Syrup Sop (at it is affectionately referred to around here) one can sample the fine southern cuisine of, well, syrup . . . not only syrup though: boiled peanuts, kettle corn, pepper jelly, fine jams and preserves, and huge honkin smoked barbecue turkey legs! That’s right folks, you can walk around chomping on a whole turkey leg! Classy! I’ll bet they’re really good though- Nick was looking pretty longingly at them.
A few of the other activities to witness while at the Syrup Sop are watching the mules give rides to children while they (the mules, not the children) work to crush the cane to make the syrup as well as go visit the chicken show which ran hourly. We didn’t get to see the show, but we did get to see the chickens- which Noah loved! Noah was also pretty excited about the wooden snake that we got him. We also got little Olive a cute hand-knit beanie from a girl that we bought a scarf and beanie from last year. She now has an Etsy shop called Paradise Knitting.
We had a great time and had planned on visiting the pumpkin patch on our way home, but Noah fell asleep . . . I guess he had fun too!