March Maple Maddness

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Today, we went to the Mountsberg Conservation Area for the maple syrup festival. I haven’t been inside a sugar shack for probably 20 years!

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It smelled incredible in here.  Woodsmoke and sugar.

Did you know that the sap runs up from the roots?  It’s a collection of starch that the tree creates to act as an antifreeze during the winter.  Enzymes during the spring thaw change this starch into sugar.

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The sugar content of the sap is between 2-4%.  It takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup.   

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Only 10% of the tree’s total sap is extracted each year.

It takes one gallon of syrup to produce eight pounds of candy or sugar.

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I took away some maple fudge, candy and maple cookies.  The cookies are far removed from the fresh maple process, but maple cookies are a weakness. I already have 2 types of real syrup in my fridge, so I didn’t buy more!

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On a side note, they have a Raptor Centre and we got to see several beautiful Falcons, Eagles and Owls.

And they also have bison! They’re adorable. Giant fur afro. This guy was curious and spent quite a bit of time snuffling around us at the fence.

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