Not everybody can do it, but we can. We have the right climate, the right weather, and most important, the right kind of trees.
We can make maple sugar.
Most of the inhabited world does not meet the right conditions. Instead they offer us bananas, cashews, oranges, and pineapples. Cane sugar is nice too, but there is only one way to get the distinct flavor of maple sugar. We have the right winter, the right summer, and the right spring.
Maple sugar season is worth celebrating and that is what we do. Maple Syrup Days, our sugar harvest festival, is March 19-20 at Maple Wood Nature Center.
South Milford Lions serve pancakes from 7:00-2:30.
We will be showing three different ways to make maple syrup: how we used to do it; how we do it now; and how you can do it at home.
Horse wagons carry visitors into the maple woods to see the tapping operation. Interpreters introduce you to the trees and explain their life cycle.
Tours through the woods and through the syrup making operations are 8:00-3:00.
Returning this year is “The Sugar Makers” marionette show. Adapted from the book The Young Sugar Makers of the West Woods, this story follows teenaged pioneers into the woods to find treasure at sugar season.
Dress warmly to spend as much time as possible outside and enjoy all Maple Syrup Days has to offer. And if the sap is running when you are there, I know how to make you really appreciate it.
Click here to see last year’s video.
What: Maple Syrup Days
When: Friday & Saturday, March 19-20, 7am-3pm
Where: Maple Wood Nature Center, 4550E 100S, LaGrange IN
Contact: Scott Beam, LaGrange County Interpretive Naturalist, www.LaGrangeCountyParks.org
About our Guest Blogger: Scott Beam is now in his 20th year as LaGrange County Interpretive Naturalist. He loves the outdoors, and he enjoys sharing Mother Nature’s miracles to the public. Scott’s enthusiasm is contagious! Come meet him this weekend during Maple Syrup Days!