Here is home to maple trees. Many maple trees. So many maple trees that some people, sometimes, call them weeds. They create canopies over gardens, in parks, and between sidewalks and roads. They are plentiful.
In a kind of parallel format, here is home to breakfasts, brunches, and sometimes even suppers where maple syrup pours over pancakes, waffles, toutons, french toast and other delights. Most times, almost ALL the time, there is no direct relationship between the maple tree in the garden and the maple syrup on the table.
Can these worlds collide? Yes!
Lisa and Steve McBride – the couple who walk the goats in coats – tap. Root Cellars Rock shared their experience a few years back. And now, thanks to the Friends of Pippy Park, the rest of us can learn to tap too!
Friends of Pippy Park are running a free family workshop this Sunday April 6th 2014 from 1 to 3. Meet at Pippy Park Headquarters, Mount Scio Road.
This is the skivvy on what you will learn:
• To identify tap-able trees in Pippy Park;
• When a tree is ready to tap;
• What materials you will need;
• How to tap a tree sustainably. (If you tap please cap!); and
• How to turn sap to syrup.
Bring your own mug for hot chocolate. No charge for the workshop, but an annual family membership of $20 to Friends of Pippy Park will support initiatives like this!