Date(s) & Time(s)::
March 12, 2016 at 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM
Location: Tapestry: A Day for You website (ipfw.edu/tapestry) and fill out the form
Phone: Eric Freeman: (317) 607-5243
Some call it a woods, others a farm, but maple sugar producers call their production area a “sugar bush,” or “sugar camp,” and Indiana’s first-ever Maple Weekend will open sugar camps around the state so guests can see how trees are tapped, how sap gets to the sugar house and how it becomes maple syrup and other maple products.
The Indiana Maple Syrup Association and the National Maple Syrup Festival (NMSF) will partner on Maple Weekend, Sat. and Sun., March 12 and 13, and four of the 12 sugar camps are in northeast Indiana. Some are participating 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
All in northeast Indiana will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday only.
Sue and Richard Snider’s modern sugar house in the Elkhart County town of New Paris is somewhat unique in that it’s not located in the woods like most sugar houses. One woods is nearby, and sap is transported by truck to the sugar house. That woods, along with two others, has the sap gathered by tubing systems under vacuum. Snider’s Maple Syrup produces 1,500-1,700 gallons of maple syrup from 70,000-90,000 gallons of sap from 3,500 taps. The couple welcomes visitors for tours that end with a taste of freshly made pure maple syrup.
Eli Kuhns, owner of Kuhns Farm in Nappanee, will demonstrate modern sap collection and how advances within the maple industry are helping to revive a lost American tradition. Guests also will smell and taste syrup hot from the evaporator, enjoy the free tour and be able to purchase the freshest-possible maple products.
Beachler’s Sugar Bush, in the Kosciusko town of Claypool, is a family operation making maple syrup since 2002 and currently gathering sap from 6,000 taps. Visitors will see how Silas Beachler and his family use old-fashioned buckets to modern tubing and vacuum systems to collect maple sap, and how the modern evaporator turns sap into syrup. Guests will smell and taste syrup, enjoy the free tour and refreshments and be able to purchase many great maple products such as maple sugar, maple cream, maple-coated almonds, and of course maple syrup.
John Kuhns, in Topeka, in LaGrange County, will demonstrate custom maple syrup cooking using evaporators and finishing equipment his family-owned company manufactures. Maple Weekend will coincide with the camp’s annual benefit pancake, sausage and eggs breakfast guests may enjoy by donation from 7 – 11 a.m. Proceeds of the breakfast will be contributed to a cause decided during Maple Weekend.
The full Maple Weekend schedule, with locations and hours, is posted on the NMSF website, at www.NationalMapleSyrupFestival.com. Details also are on the “Indiana Maple Syrup Weekend” Facebook page.
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