Learn backyard maple syrup production

DIXON SPRINGS, Ill. (HEARTLAND WEEKEND) - Do you want to learn how to make your own maple syrup?

You’ll see the process firsthand at the sixth annual Backyard Maple Syrup Production Workshop.

Organizers say sugar maples, the species typically thought of for sap collection, are abundant in southern Illinois, but other species of maple can also be tapped to make syrup.

The all-outdoor program will cover tree identification, equipment, tree tapping, sap collection, boiling and finishing maple syrup.

They’ll demonstrate a syrup evaporator and you can tour a sugarbush forest, managed for maple syrup production and utilizing a pipeline system of sap collection.

Join them from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 19 at the Dixon Springs Agricultural Center, 354 State Highway 145 N in Simpson, Ill.

The program is free and open to the public.

The University of Illinois Extension will provide children with an indoor maple syrup program. Masks will be required indoors.

You can register by calling the Ag Center at 618-695-3383 or emailing cwevans@illinois.edu by Feb. 18.

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Amber Ruch

Amber has worked at KFVS for eight years.