The early spring in Minnesota does have a drawback. It cuts short the Maple Syrup season. In spite of the warm weather we did get one trip out to the arboretum to help gather sap. The boys and I managed to fill up one of the 55 gallon barrels. We also made a trip out this weekend for the maple syrup festival. Here are a few interesting facts.
It takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup. That means 39 gallons of water are boiled off! Each tap on a tree yields about 10 gallons of sap. Typically at Saint John’s they make around 300+ gallons of syrup. This year, because of the weather, they made just over 30. So if you are at the grocery store and wonder why maple syrup is so expensive, there you have it.
The highlights of the festival were the same as last year: the wagon ride out to the sugar shack and the ice cream with maple syrup.