When you sit at your table to eat
pancakes, do you ever reach for delicious sweet
syrup to pour over them?
Many people do!
Have you ever thought about
how syrup makes itís way to your table? In
this story, you will learn about the journey
of one Louisiana
called ďSteenís Syrup.Ē This
in Abbeville, Louisiana is almost 100
Each batch starts with one
Children and adults in south
Louisiana know that when the sides of a
are peeled, the sweet juicy pulp is a treat to
chew on. One Louisiana couple took that taste a
step further by creating a pure cane syrup
In 1910, Charley Sidney Steen,
Sr. and Elizabeth Bernard Steen founded the C.
S. Steen Syrup Mill.
of a small mill was made through a local
hardware store. At that time, this mule drawn
a couple barrels of syrup a day.
Although some things have
changed, one thing hasnít. Since the plantation
sugar cane crops
are still planted the same way. It is hand laid
into the soil. The seed cane is covered and
allowed to grow. Fifteen months later. the
In earlier years,
search for people to hand cut
and strip the sugarcane for
to the C. S. Steen Syrup Mill.
Now mechanical cutters
are used. Once the
it is taken to the
The average "Syrup Making Season"
runs from middle of October through
As the first of its kind in
the world, this cane cleaning
and removed the leaves and dirt.
The leaves and dirt are burned and
the ashes are returned to the fields, while
would go to the
cut sugar cane, strips it of its leaves and
loads it on to
hydraulic dump carts
tractors or trucks
tow to the
at the C. S. Steen Syrup Mill, kettles of
juice are evaporated into cane syrup and it
is cooked until it looks and tastes just
Five generations later, the
mill still uses the original
continues to make ď100% pure
cane syrupĒ over an open
Once the syrup is
It is then
and brought home.
Next time you reach for syrup,
share the story of this
with your family!
1. What is the
name of the product in this story?
2. What crop is used to make this product?
started the company?
4. Describe one thing the Steen's company does the
same now as long ago.
5. Describe one thing the Steen's company does
different now as long ago.
6. Do you think having this product in Louisiana is
a good thing? Why or why not?
7. Think About This Question: Hurricanes and storms
are a threat to southern Louisiana coastal parishes.
Do you think Hurricanes can affect the production of
this product? Explain your answer.
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