The trees have been tapped and the sap collected. It’s time to process the sap into golden delicious syrup. During the month of March, in areas all over Ohio, you can watch the process of making maple syrup. I visited Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland,Ohio to get a glimpse of this process and of course, taste a few samples.
In the main maple sugaring building you watch how the process takes place with modern equipment and then outside you can witness the old-fashioned way of making syrup. Once the sap is boiled down it will be bottled or made into candy, approximately 22 gallons of sap will yield about a half-gallon of syrup. The maple syrup color can vary as well as the sweetness depending at which point in the season the syrup was produced.
I was pleasantly surprised when I tasted coffee made from maple syrup, it was smooth and dark with just a hint of maple flavor. Then, there is the candy, sweet and intense. You can purchase a jug or a beautiful glass designed maple leaf of syrup to take home after all your sampling. As hard as our winters can be in Ohio, it’s nice to know there’s a sweet spot!
***Video shows the Old fashioned way of maple sugaring.
TIP: Maple Sugaring will go on through the month of March all over the state and on the weekends at Lake Metroparks Farmpark, for more Info:http://www.lakemetroparks.com/parks/farmpark/.