Maple Syrup Classes
Here in Michigan we drill holes into our sugar maple trees in late February or early March to obtain the sweet sap that flows as temperatures freeze at night and rise above freezing during the daytime. We boil out the water to concentrate the sugar in the sap until it reaches the magical stage of Maple Syrup.
Our class teaches when and how to tap, where to buy supplies, how to identify Sugar and Black Maples (hard maples) and Red and Silver Maples (soft maples). We discuss various ways to boil or evaporate the water from the sap, how to know when your syrup is finished and what to use to filter it.
When possible we like to include a few spiles (that is what is tapped into the tree) with your registration fee so you are prepared to tap your own trees immediately.