Archive for March, 2017

Maple syrup time is here!

March 13, 2017

maple syrup

Did you know that we celebrate maple trees and their sap each year?  Well, if you are a lover of real maple syrup, then you might want to come visit!  Sugarhouses all around the Resort are offering events such as sampling and demonstrations.  If you’ve ever wanted to learn how maple syrup is made, then these activities are for you.  Maine holds their events on the last weekend in March, and New Hampshire sugarhouses also offer events throughout the whole month.  Nothing says New England like pancake breakfasts, horse-drawn hay rides and maple candy.  Schedules of activities are available at our Front Desk and also posted on the Activities Boards.

Here are some fun maple syrup facts for you to ingest:

  • It takes 30-50 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup.
  • Maple syrup is boiled even further to produce maple cream, maple sugar, and maple candy.
  • It takes one gallon of maple syrup to produce eight pounds of maple candy or sugar
  • A gallon of maple syrup weighs 11 pounds.
  • The sugar content of sap averages 2.5 percent; sugar content of maple syrup is at least 66 percent or more.
  • Usually a maple tree is at least 30 years old and 12 inches in diameter before it is tapped.
  • As the tree increases in diameter, more taps can be added – up to a maximum of four taps.
  • Tapping does no permanent damage and only 10 percent of the sap is collected each year. Many maple trees have been tapped for 150 or more years.
  • Each tap will yield an average of 10 gallons of sap per season, producing about one quart of syrup.
  • The maple season may last eight to 10 weeks, but sap flow is heaviest for about 10-20 days in the early spring.

Hope this little bit of information satisfies your sweet tooth until you are able to visit.  Looking forward to seeing you and spending some time together.  Until then, enjoy the day!  Sue