Tapping Michigan’s Sweet Maple Sugaring Season
A sure sign that spring is just around the corner is when Michigan’s thousands of sugar maple trees are tapped to release the clear liquid sap which is boiled down into delicious maple syrup. Part of the state’s overall $102 billion agricultural industry, maple sugaring dates back to the early Native Americans and is noted as Pure Michigan’s oldest agricultural activity.
To celebrate the arrival of the season, the Michigan Maple Syrup Association and more than 30 of its members once again invite the public out to experience this unique craft during the 6th Annual Michigan Maple Syrup Weekend, scheduled from mid-March through early April across the state.
The family-friendly events provide a chance for people to get a firsthand look at how maple sap is collected, boiled down and turned into sweet maple syrup and other maple treats. Many of the farms offer tours of their operation, including tree tapping demonstrations, samples of their products, recipes for the use of maple syrup and local maple syrup products available to purchase.
Information about the farms participating in the Michigan Maple Weekend can be found online at www.MichiganMapleWeekend.com.