Last year we started a new tradition - attending the Maple Sugar Days at River Bend Farm Visitor Center in Uxbridge, Massachusetts.
This free, family-friendly event takes place the first 3 weekends in March. If you are in the area I HIGHLY recommend it!
The highlight of the event is a tour explaining the process of collecting Maple sap and turning it into syrup.
First, you determine if the Maple tree is big enough to tap. If the tree has a circumference of 10 inches or more it's big enough. You can use a tape measure and multiply by 3.14 or you can just hug the tree. If your hands don't meet then the tree is probably big enough.
|Ben and Mia hug a tree.|
Next you drill a hole into the tree.
|You have to position your tongue just right!|
|Notice the sap dripping off of the tap!!|
Once you've collected the sap you strain out any debris and pump it into the evaporator.
|Checking if the sap has turned to syrup.|
Last but not least, we get to the best part of the tour - samples!!
|Maple Tea - sap reduced to 10%|
|Maple Cream - syrup that is whipped|
|Maple Sugar - like brown sugar with maple flavor|
Have you made maple syrup? Do you have a favorite recipe that uses maple syrup?