WEEKAWAY: Maple Syrup Time at Deep River County Park

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Have you ever wondered how pure maple syrup goes from the tree to your table? This incredible process begins by tapping into the tree sap, which can only take place during a very short window of the year as the winter season transitions to spring. What’s even more special about maple syrup production is that it only takes place in certain parts of the United States and Canada where maple trees grow. Deep River County Park is one of the few places where maple syrup is made the old-fashioned way, and it will be welcoming the public to take part in this limited time experience throughout March and April.

How syrup is tapped

In mid-March, the weather begins to change during the day with temperatures peaking above freezing. At night, the temperature outside dips below freezing again. This fluctuation awakens the maple trees, causing the flow of sap to begin. When this happens, maple sugar farmers arrive with their supplies to tap the tree and collect the sap from within. This is then boiled and concentrated to produce a pure sugar product that is enjoyed year-round on the breakfast table.

What to expect at Deep River

Everyone is welcome to come check out tree tapping and syrup processing on the weekends of March 9 and March 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is a wealth of activities to enjoy outdoors—including an open-fire demonstration of maple syrup production showing the traditional method of creating this sweet elixir. Weekday field trips and group tours can also be scheduled with reservations through the park.

Visit SouthShoreCVA.com to discover all of the springtime fun you can enjoy as the weather warms up along Indiana's South Shore. 

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