Maple sap runs when the nights drop below and the days get well above freezing, and it was looking like a late sugarin’ this year. But our sources at the Randolph School’s annual MapleFEST tell us the trees have been tapped and the boilin’ has begun. Check out this sneak preview video, exclusively on Wigwam, then get the details at our Events listing. It’s Saturday, by the way.
About 50 folks volunteer their time and talents to make this happen. The evaporator will be going, along with kids crafts, music featuring a Pete Seeger sing-a-long, a hike to the creek, pancakes and grade R maple syrup. And of course jack wax.
For those of you who’d like to try this on your own back forty, the bible is Backyard Sugarin’ by Rink Mann. My in-laws gave me a copy a while ago as a gift, but I don’t think the two Japanese maple in my backyard will work so well. It’s still a fun read, and an excellent DIY source.