Tap those trees

Tapping Maple trees is a great way to share one of natures secrets with children. Yes, that sweet, golden syrup that goes great on pancakes, comes from Maple trees. It takes about 10 gallons of sap to produce one quart of syrup.

The first year we tapped a tree, Stephen and Dave spent an entire mild spring weekend outside boiling down the sap. They burned brush and watched the sap, they played ball and cooked down sap, they raked the yard and supervised the sap. A weekend of work and play and a mutual goal. Dave and Stephen walked into the kitchen and presented their quart of golden maple syrup with a sense of accomplishment. All week we planned for a Saturday morning breakfast of pancakes with our very own maple syrup.

This year my nieces, Eliana and Liza joined me in the back-woods to check the buckets of sap.  The buckets were 1/3 full and the sap was frozen. They ate the frozen sap like it was Italian Ice, asking if they could go into the house for spoons. I was happy to make the connection between nature and food for Eliana, Liza, Aurora and Stephen. My hope is that this experience will inspire them to make more connections as Spring approaches: as gardens fill with produce, as trees grow heavy with fruit, as the air fills with the smell of fragrant herbs and chickens ramp up egg production.

Aurora & Stephen look at the amount of sap collected.If you would like how-to information visit the links below.

How to tap a tree and make maple syrup.

Tap my Trees

How to identify trees for sugaring.

Tree Identification

Sugar Maple

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4 Responses to Tap those trees

  1. Hi Ann,
    I heard about your delightful blog from our mutual sailing friends, Cindy Gibbs and Jane Reilly. Your wonderful maple tapping and syrup story brings back happy memories of when my now 19 year old son was in preschool. It was at the Nature Center where we lived before moving to the Shoreline. They used to make maple syrup on site every year in the Spring, which was great fun. They also had a cider press and made apple cider every Fall. The teachers would take the kids out every day for a 45 minute walk/nature experience no matter what the weather (there were just a couple exceptions) and they had all sorts of animals in their classroom, it was great. Looking foward to reading more of your stories! If you get a chance, please check out my new blog at http://www.sailinghealthecoadventures.blogspot.com and let me know what you think.

    • BarkingFrogFarm says:

      Your sons preschool sounds a lot like like Stephen’s preschool. They have 2 trees tapped just outside the classroom windows. The kids monitor the sap level and then will go down to the sugar shack and make the syrup.

  2. Caryn says:

    Maple sugaring is one of my favorite family traditions! For us, its the first sign that winter is almost over…

  3. I’m still learning from you, but I’m making my way to the top as well. I certainly love reading everything that is posted on your site.Keep the stories coming. I liked it!

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