All You Need To Know…about Maple Sugaring

Maple 101 workshop presented in cooperation with Geauga County OSU Extension

This time of year, steam rising from the sugar house and the smell of boiling sap and wood smoke fills the air. Have you ever thought about what it would take to get started making maple syrup?

Maple production can be as simple as a few buckets in the backyard or several hundred taps in the woodlot on your farm.

Attention aspiring and beginning maple sugaring producers wishing to hone your skills – here is a program for you.

What: Maple 101 Workshop

When: Saturday, February 22 , 2014 – 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Swine Creek Reservation, Lodge
16004 Hayes Road, Middlefield/Parkman Township

Attend this program to learn everything from tree identification and sugar bush management to producing the finished product, including tapping, collecting methods, canning and packaging.

We’ll meet in the lodge and move to the sugar house and sugar bush as the morning proceeds. Expect discussion in maple tree ID; tapping, collecting and storing sap at the hobby level; finishing sap on a hobby rig; and the basic economics of starting a new sugaring operation or expanding an existing operation.

Registration is required by Wednesday, February 19, through the office of the co-presenter, the Geauga County OSU Extension, at 440-834-4656.

“For the backyard producer, maple sugaring is a hobby that involves the whole family, and the reward is homemade pure maple syrup smothering a stack of freshly made pancakes,” said Les Ober, program assistant of agriculture and natural resources at the Geauga County OSU Extension. “For the woodlot owner, it is a chance to start a maple sugaring operation that can develop into a profitable farm enterprise. Some of the largest and most successful sugar-makers in Northeast Ohio started out with a few buckets in the backyard.”

This free program is wheelchair/stroller accessible and suitable for anyone school age or older, although outside accessibility will depend on snow conditions.

Want a few other ways to celebrate tree-tapping season? Mark these programs on your calendar:

  • Sap’s-A-Risin’ on Sundays, March 9, 16 and 23 , 2014
  • Maple Madness Tours on Saturdays, March 8 and 15, and Sundays, March 9 and 16, 2014
  • Tree Tapper’s Ball on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Parkman Community House (registration required).

Learn more at the website.

Geauga News
Author: Geauga News