LOGAN — You don’t have to make a special trip to Vermont or Canada to get freshly tapped maple syrup. You can learn to do it locally with the help of the Stokes Nature Center. A Maple Syrup Workshop will be held later this month (Feb 29th and also March 7th). On KVNU’s For the People program on Thursday, Patrick Kelly, director of education for the center said believe it or not, you can produce maple syrup in Cache Valley.
“So here in northern Utah, we have a few different species of native maples, the most famous one people probably don’t think too much of as a maple -the Box Elder tree. We usually think of it as kind of the bane of our existence when all of the branches are snapping off(and) we get all those little red bugs in the spring.” Kelly explained.
“But it is a species of maple, and so we’ve been running these maple tapping workshops for a few years now and are really excited about them. They’re always just a hoot and a half.”
Workshop attendees will learn how to identify our local maples then how to tap them for their sap and then turn that sap into syrup.
“And it takes time and patience, which is always some of the best lessons we learn from being out in the outdoors”
Space is limited for the workshops so early registration is encouraged. You can register and get more information at logannature.org
AUDIO: Patrick Kelly of Stokes Nature Center talks maple tapping with Jason Williams on KVNU’s For the People program
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