This weekend is the start of maple syrup events at the MN State Parks, beginning March 7th and continuing until April 4th. There will be workshops, family events, demonstrations, and more, all with a maple syrup theme. Check out the full schedule here on their website. Hopefully you can find an event close by or take a road trip on a nice spring day.
From sap to syrup
Learn how the best part of pancakes is made with our maple syrup events! You’ll get to see the entire process, from tapping the trees to boiling down the sap. You’ll also enjoy a sample of fresh maple syrup!
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When does the sap run?
Maple sap runs best when daytime temperatures are in the high 30s to mid-40s and overnight temperatures are below freezing. This cycle of above-freezing days and below-freezing nights needs to continue for several days, although nature occasionally has been known to provide a good run under less perfect conditions.
Sometimes sap flows as early as January or as late as May, but in Minnesota, sap usually runs from about March 15 to April 20.
How does the sap turn into syrup?
Sap is converted to syrup by boiling. Most of the water boils out of the sap, leaving behind the sugar and the flavor. It usually takes 30-40 gallons of sugar maple sap to produce one gallon of pure maple syrup.