From Sap to Stack: Ohio Maple Syrup

It takes 40 gallons of sap to generate just one gallon of pure maple syrup.  It’s a labor and time intensive commodity.  But when you pour it on a stack of hot cakes or incorporate this liquid gold into a recipe…you know it’s worth it.


My family and I, along with some friends, headed to Lake MetroParks Farmpark in Kirtland for their Maple Sugaring Weekends.  Lots of hands on activities to show visitors how maple syrup is produced.  


We took a wagon ride to the Woodland Center.  We were shown how sugar maples are tapped, and given a taste of what sap, pure from those trees tastes like.  (Water, sweet and slightly thick).  


My kids got a look at collection buckets hung on those trees.  Once inside we saw how the water like sap is transformed through a boiling process to make pure maple syrup and other naturally sweet products.

  

Visitors can tap a tree by hand, see how maple candy is made, sample syrup, maple stirs, and maple candy.  The schedule also has backyard sugaring lessons, sugar bush tours, maple leaf crafts, mukuk (bark) bucket making, and maple candy making.  


The history of maple sugaring is also on display inside.  Very cool to see a more than 100 year old tree marked by all the places it was tapped throughout the decades and the significant things that were happening in the world when it was.

 

National Pancake Day is coming up this week. Seems only fitting to study its lifelong companion.  Head out to Lake MetroParks Farmpark and check it out for yoursefl! 

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