Monday, February 25, 2013

Maple sugaring means spring is near

   Huron-Clinton Metroparks is gearing up for the annual run on sap from maple trees that is made into maple syrup. It takes approximately 50 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup.
   You can see "maple sugaring" at Kensington Metropark and Indian Springs Metropark. It's an interesting visit.
   You'll see how trees are tapped and sap is collected. Make the trip to the nearby shed where all of the boiling of raw sap takes place.
   On your way out be sure and pick up a bottle of syrup. You can't beat it on pancakes, French toast or waffles. There are probably other foods to use it with as well.
   If you visit one of these sugar bushes; the place where several maples grow near to each other, you'll find knowledgeable staff willing to explain the process of collection to the end product, the syrup you pour from the bottle.
   It's a worthwhile trip, doesn't take much time and about the only expense to you would be a permit to enter either of these parks. A daily permit is $5 and a yearly costs $15.
   For more information call Indian Springs Metropark at (248) 625-7280 or Kensington Metropark, (810) 494-6035.

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