Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Festival of the Sugar Maples

This weekend we headed to the Festival of the Sugar Maples for the first time. It is an event hosted each year by the McHenry County Conservation District. It is a chance to hear about the history of maple syrup, see modern day methods of gathering and processing maple syrup, and taste a bit of local maple syrup. We also ended our morning at a pancake breakfast hosted by a local Lions group.

The weather couldn't quite decide what to do. The woods were still snowy, but it was drizzly and cold, creating a sloppy hike. Still, the program was interesting and it was a fun family trip. John's parents came along too.

Learning about the history of maple syrup

A sap-collecting bucket

Levi practicing drilling a hole into wood.

Lillian and Mommy all bundled up.

Learning how syrup is made in the evaporation house.
The boys warming up in the evaporation house.

Levi tasting maple syrup. The verdict..."not so good".
Lillian loved it, of course.

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