Monday, March 21, 2011

Maple Syrup in March

We are so lucky to have Blandford Nature Center right down the road from our house. It is a great place to take the kids for a nature adventure and hike or to see some injured animals being cared for by the staff at the nature center. This time of year however is especially exciting as it is the time when sugar maple trees produce sap which can be turned into maple syrup. Blandford has an entire hiking patch well marked for visitors to see the process, tools and equipment used to harvest the sap, strain it, store it and boil it to turn into maple syrup. They even have a sugar house where you can watch volunteers/staff working to turn the sap into syrup. It smells amazing in the sugar house by the way!! The kids learned a lot, got to taste the syrup and eat some maple sugar candies. Overall it was a great way to spend an afternoon. Here are some pictures of our gang out on the trail.