Maple Syrup is the first crop of the 2019 season to be produced in Pennsylvania. Producers are anxiously awaiting the warmer temperatures that are necessary to make the sap flow.
It looks like last week may have brought those temperatures. Sap is collected when the temperatures go above freezing in the day and below freezing at night. This causes the flow of sap up and down the tree and maple syrup producers collect that sap drip by drip. It takes 40 to 60 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup.
A boiling process that evaporates the water and leaves the sugar produces syrup. Maple syrup is 100 percent natural. Nothing is added to get that rich, sweet flavor. And to think it all comes from a tree!
Most maple producers love to share the experience with the public. The Endless Mountains Maple Syrup Association is holding Maple Open Houses the weekend of March 16. You can check these out on Facebook, Endless Mountains Maple Syrup Producers Association.
Dewy Meadows Maple in Warren Center, Pa. will hold their open house on the March 16 with free samples; watch the boiling process and stir your own maple cream.
Breakfast will be served from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Little Meadows Fire Hall. This is also on Facebook: Dewy Meadows Farm.
All are invited to come out and enjoy the fresh air, and be a part of the region’s first agricultural crop of the new year.