Michelle Visser is a homesteader in rural New England. She's a fourth-generation gardener, and a "sugarmaker's wife." She founded her blog, "SoulyRested," in 2015. Michelle is a popular presenter at homesteading summits, a freelance editor, and is the author of sought-after ebooks and instructional courses all about collecting, boiling, and baking with maple syrup. She lives in Gilmanton Ironworks, New Hampshire.
"If I can ever figure out a way to grow sugar maples out here on the Wyoming prairie, Sweet Maple will be the resource I turn to first! Michelle masterfully walks the reader through not only the romance of sugaring, but also the practical steps of each part of the process. And thankfully, regardless of whether or not you plan to harvest your own syrup, the mouth-watering maple-infused recipes can be made by anyone. I highly recommend adding this book to your homesteading library!" -Jill Winger author of Natural Homestead and Your Custom Homestead and owner of ThePrairieHomestead.com "In Sweet Maple, Michelle infuses beauty and practicality into the annual event that kicks off the spring season of hope and promise-making maple syrup! Despite the labor sugaring season may bring, the payoff in deliciously sweet, rich, golden syrup is totally worth every bit of it. Michelle's joy in the season is infectious. In fact, before you're through reading it, you'll be longing for February to come so you can start drilling your taps and putting into practice the information laid out in Sweet Maple. Be forewarned: the collection of recipes is dangerous! And it's no wonder with recipes like Raised Donuts with Maple Glaze, Maple Fudge, Cinnamon Maple Bagels, and Maple Sourdough Bread. But what has me most intrigued is the maple sugar and maple cream. I can't wait to try them all!" -Quinn Veon author of Cake Stand: Fresh From the Market Farmstead Cakes and Farmstead Pie and owner of ReformationAcres.com "Michelle and her family's passion and perseverance can inspire not only the suburbanite who might like to tap a sizable maple tree in the backyard, but also the more serious maple syrup makers in well-treed rural areas. Her informational and enthusiastic writing will encourage many readers to experience making maple syrup for themselves. Also, the artistic photographs lend much appeal to the reading of Sweet Maple. Congratulations are in order for Michelle's first homesteading book!" -David Tatnall Extension Horticulturist, University of Delaware "No need to take years learning the hard lessons of making your own maple syrup. Michelle takes you along with her family making you feel like you are right there learning the ins and outs of making maple syrup that took her years to learn." -Al Lumnah creator of Lumnah Acres youtube channel: a guide to modern homesteading, self sufficiency, and freedom