Sunday, March 1, 2009

Down Da Road to Maple Syrup

One place to go this time of the year is to any place that is making their own maple syrup (or SIRUP according to Funk's Grove).

An article in today's Northwest Herald (Illinois) was about the annual Festival of Sugar Maples at Coral Woods Conservation Area in Marengo, Illinois, (about 25 miles from home here in Spring Grove) that went on last weekend and will reopen for March 7th and 8th from 10 AM to 3 PM.

It takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup and you can only do it when temps are above freezing (which put a kabosh on last weekend with our unseasonably cold. Tapping occurs until the end of March when the trees start to bud and the sap turns bitter. Sap is 97% water and 3% sugar. Gives new meaning to the term sugar water. The older and larger diameter the tree, the better. A tree with a 25-inch diameter can easily handle 3 taps.

Of course, we have the world-famous Funk's Grove Sirup on Route 66, just south of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. Sirup is spelled correctly because, according to them, when the maple sirup is 100% pure, nothing added, this is the correct spelling. Plus, the spelling is an eye-catcher.

I'm especially fond of their maple candy.

Thinkin' About getting My Maple Fix as I Type This. --RoadDog

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