Sugar cane is new to me. Although I’m now living in the South, (does Florida really count as the South?) I am by no means a Southern girl. That being said, sugar cane syrup is also new to me. I grew up with maple syrup, and my Canadian brother-in-law even added to that.
However, this year I was introduced to genuine cane syrup through my boyfriend. His family has a sugar cane farm not far away called the McClellan Family Cane Grinding, and every Thanksgiving they grind and cook the cane they grew into delicious cane syrup. This year I joined in on the festivities experienced the most heartwarming example of family tradition.
My family does not place heavy emphasis on tradition. While we are tightknit and loving, we tend to mix up the holidays every year. We enjoy different dishes every Thanksgiving and we incorporate new ideas into each Christmas. I love that my family can mix up our time together and always be open to something new. That being said, it felt so special to pull up to a farmhouse that has been in the family for decades and walk into a room filled with family reconnecting and the sweet smell of cooking syrup. They greeted me with warm hugs and taught me how to cook the syrup that means so much to their family.