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March is Maple Syrup Month: The Sweet, Sweet Taste of Spring

Story & photos by Emily Rumes | Amish Heartland Writer Published: March 1, 2017 12:00 AM
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Many of the local shops and roadside markets in Amish Country sell pure Maple Syrup, in many cases, locally made. In late February, March, and April, Ohio and Ohio's parks are sponsoring a variety of maple syrup related events across the state.

You may even get inspired to make your very own maple syrup snow candy just like Laura from Little House on the Prairie. It just takes three simple steps:

You'll need 100% pure maple syrup, popsicle sticks, a candy thermometer, a small pot for boiling and some clean, fresh snow.

Fill a baking sheet or pan with a packed down layer of fresh snow, then boil the pure maple syrup until it reaches the "soft ball" stage (235-240 degrees Fahrenheit).

Remove the syrup from the heat and pour it in lines in the snow, but be careful since it will be very hot!

Press the popsicle stick into the syrup as it cools, rolling it down the line you made in the snow and onto the stick. As you enjoy your snowy, sweet treat, take a look at the maple events happening this month in Northeast Ohio:

 

Hale Farm - Maple Syrup Festival and Pancake Breakfast

Learn about tree tapping and the maple sugar process with oxen demonstrations and more!

10 AM - 4 PM; March 11, 12, 18, 19, 2017

Call 330-666-3711 x1720 for information.

 

Lake Metroparks Farm Park - Maple Sugaring Weekends

Take a wagon rides, have the kids tap trees by hand, watch sap become syrup and sample syrup on dollar pancakes - plus pony rides, and more!

9 AM - 5 PM; March 4, 5, 11, 12, 2017

 

Malabar Farm - Maple Syrup Festival

Experience sugar camp with live historical demonstrations, horse drawn wagon rides, food and maple products for sale.

Noon - 4 PM; March 4, 5, 11, 12, 2017

 

North Chagrin Reservation (Cleveland Metro Parks) - Maple Sugaring

Experience every step of the process of making maple syrup, concluding with a snack of pancakes and toppings

6:30 - 8 PM; March 17, 2017

Call 440-734-6660 for information.

 

Rocky River Reservation (Cleveland Metro Parks) - History of Maple Sugaring

Watch maple syrup being made on Saturdays and Sundays

11 AM - 4 PM; March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 2017

Call 440-734-6660 for information.


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