A cool night followed by a warm day brings the maple trees to life on the Preserve. I've learned more that I cared to know about maple syrup this winter. Syrup, like many agricultural enterprises, is completely dependent on the weather. The warm mid-winter respite in late January was tragic for maple sap. All 30 of January's gallons spoiled in two days! February's consistent (but cold) weather has been a welcome change. Nearly a gallon of sap is pouring out of the taps every day. If your eyesight is keen, you might find one of the many maple sap jugs tucked quietly in the woods - but be careful not to disturb the process.
This March, maple syrup is on the menu at the Stroud Preserve. If you're interested in attending a members-only Maple Sap Boiling contact our Membership Department at (610) 353-5640. I hope to see you there.