Maple Sugaring~ edit

Today was a beautiful sunny day in NE Ohio and it wasn’t too cold for a change so we went to the metroparks and went on a tour of maple sugaring. First thing though you need to tkae cash with you so that you can sample the maple sugar…

Then the tour guide comes up and it was a friend of ours from our church!!! So he leads us off to learn all about sugaring. Did you know that 5% of the maple sugar comes from NE Ohio? No??? Either did we, last year they collected 118,000 buckets of sap from the metroparks. They are doing well this year as well. So the first thing we saw was……

Sinzibukhud~ Native American for maple syrup. Next on the list was of course the buckets that were used to catch the sap and did you know that the sap is clear?

The story of hte next picture is in question but The Husband says he thinks that the Pilgrims would trade the big metal pot to the Native American’s for maple syrup.

I loved the next photo, if you use your imagination you can pretend for a few seconds that you are back in time.

They had a small drying something or another for drying skins.

The was elk, coyote, raccoon, deer, muskrat skins that I can remember. I didn’t realize how big muskrats can get.

Trough that the Native American used to use to turn sap into syrup, they used to heat up rocks and then throw them into the sap.

The back of the drying rack.

We finally made it to the colonial ages….

Unfortunately by this time the kids were restless and and there was a huge crowd by the boiler so we packed up the kids without any photos of that. All in all it was a great day. I almost forgot that when we first got there we saw a red headed woodpecker. I’m still lamenting not having a better lens to get a great photos of him.


2 thoughts on “Maple Sugaring~ edit

  1. Cool! We did that last year at our park district…it was very interesting to see the process and sample real maple syrup. Of course, when we went, there was still two feet of snow on the ground and we had to wear boots!

  2. I think that later this month or maybe it’s next month the birch trees around here will be going through a similar process for the making of birch syrup.

    It is as good as maple syrup?

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