From Tree to Ta­ble: Maple Sug­ar­ing 101

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - RELIGION - From Berks County Parks and Re­cre­ation De­part­ment

Join the Berks County Parks and Re­cre­ation De­part­ment in ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a long-stand­ing Amer­i­can tra­di­tion: maple sug­ar­ing. This pro­gram will be of­fered from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Satur­day, March 3, at the Gring’s Mill Re­cre­ation Area.

Take a short walk through our park to par­tic­i­pate and learn about the maple sug­ar­ing process. Find out why the first tap of the sea­son pro­duces sap lighter in color and is re­ferred to as “nec­tar of the Gods” and just how many gal­lons of sap is needed to make one gal­lon of syrup. Learn the his­tor­i­cal roots of maple sug­ar­ing from Na­tive Amer­i­can & colo­nial times through present day; along with some fun facts.

Ex­pe­ri­ence the process first hand by see­ing the Su­gar Maple tree tapped, and taste the sap di­rectly from the tree. Then watch the process of boil­ing down the sap to at­tain the right con­sis­tency for syrup. And of course taste the fi­nal prod­uct on some pan­cakes, com­par­ing real maple syrup to the store­bought va­ri­ety.

Cost is $3 per per­son. Pre-reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired as space is lim­ited. Call 610-374-2944 ext. 2611 to reg­is­ter.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter for a pro­gram, call 610-374-2944 ext. 2611, visit www.coun­ty­of­berks.com/parks or find us on Face­book un­der Berks County Parks and Re­cre­ation. Gring’s Mill Re­cre­ation Area is lo­cated at 2083 Tulpe­hocken Road in Wy­omiss­ing, Spring Town­ship.

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