Maple Sugaring Weekend at Lake Metroparks Farmpark

Ever wonder how maple syrup is produced? Tap into the fun and discover how 100% pure maple syrup is made during Maple Sugaring Weekend at Lake Metroparks Farmpark. Watch the entire process as the sap is collected, boiled, and turned into maple syrup and other products. New this year, through the use of reverse-osmosis, over 50% of the water is removed from the sap prior to boiling which saves both time and resources. Maple Sugaring Weekend pours into Farmpark March 10 and 11. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm.

The maple syrup industry has also evolved over the years from the handmade wooden taps to the intricate tubing system used today. Throughout the weekend, demonstrations offer hands-on opportunities to learn about the maple sugaring process. Help tap a tree and gather sap used to make maple syrup. You’ll even learn how you can make maple syrup in your own backyard. A video about the production of maple syrup is online at lakemetroparks.com on the Maple Sugaring Weekend page. Maple sugaring activities and demonstrations include:

· Maple flavored ice cream making
· Sugar bush and maple conservation tours
· Make a model mokuk (bark bucket)
· Silver dollar pancake samples
· Horse-drawn sap gathering
· Hand tree tapping
· Sugar making
· Maple leaf craft
· History of maple sugar exhibit 

Lake Metroparks preserves 27 acres of maple woodland through the conservation efforts of the maple sugaring program at Farmpark. Be part of this conservation effort with an opportunity to adopt a tap and enjoy a unique maple experience while supporting Farmpark’s maple operation. For more information, visit lakemetroparks.com or call 440-256-2122 or 800-366-3276.

Sample the delicious end product with freshly made maple syrup and maple sugar. Maple stirs available for purchase to make your own tasty treat. Take some of Farmpark’s very own pure maple syrup and other maple items home to enjoy. Maple products are available for sale in the Woodland Science Center and Gift Shop.

The J & J Café serves up a scrumptious pancake breakfast during Maple Sugaring Weekend. Breakfast is served 9 am to 4 pm both days. Enjoy a hearty meal of pancakes topped with Farmpark’s own pure maple syrup. Cost for breakfast is $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Paid Farmpark admission is required to go to the breakfast. Reservations are not required.

If you can’t join us this weekend then, mark your calendars, as maple sugaring, maple activities and pancake breakfasts will also be offered March 17 and 18.

Additional Activities
Meet the new calf, piglets and baby lambs during your visit to Farmpark. As you enter the Visitors Center, you will find yourself surrounded by the beauty of more than 200 quilts on display for Quilts 2012, now open Tuesday to Sunday through March 21. For more information visit lakemetroparks.com or call (440) 256-2122 or (800) 366-FARM (3276).

Admission
All activities of Maple Sugaring Weekend and Quilts 2012 are included with regular Farmpark admission: $6; ages 60 and over, $5; ages 2 to 11, $4; children younger than two and Farmpark members are free.

Directions
Lake Metroparks Farmpark is located at 8800 Euclid Chardon Road in Kirtland. Directions: Take I-90 to the Rt. 306 exit. Head south on Route 306 five miles to Euclid Chardon Road (Route 6), turn left on Route 6, and head east one mile. Entrance to Farmpark is on the right.

(We would like to thank and give all credits to John Venen, Promotions and Advertising Manager, Lake Metroparks for the above event submission.)

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