Maple Sugaring Demo

  • March 3, 2013 · 1:00 PM
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Maple syrup, the real deal, straight from trees in your back yard? Yep, it's true! You don't have to head to Vermont or buy lots of fancy equipment to get your own supply of delicious maple syrup! Join us Sunday March 3rd at 1pm for a demo of how to tap a tree for this sweet sap. It's called "sugaring," is easy, and doesn't harm the tree. Guy Neal, primitive skills expert and homesteader from Frederick County, Maryland will show us how. And in a few weeks, after we've collected enough sap, we will meet again to boil it off, leaving delicious maple syrup.


Demo is free but donations to our instructor are appreciated. Demo will be outside so please dress accordingly.

More info and photos at http://www.primitive-skills.com/maple-taps.html

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  • Karen B.

    Awesome Demo - practical, informative and well-paced. Guy knows his stuff and is infectious in his enthusiasm. Can't wait to try it myself!

    March 4, 2013

  • Lisa

    Very informative, well presented and interesting, especially seeing how the tree is tapped.

    March 3, 2013

  • Anna

    Awesome demo today. Thanks Guy!

    Here's info on supplies needed:

    1) rechargeable drill
    2) plastic gallon jugs with hole the size of tubbing drilled into lid
    3) plastic tubbing, such as http://www.leaderevaporator.com/p-2-leader-30p-516-lateral-line-plastic-tubing.aspx or cheap air hose that looks similar, sold at Home Depo. They sell it in 50 ft. lenths. for around $15. It has to be the traslucent air hose.
    4) taps/spouts http://www.leaderevaporator.com/p-52-leader-716-plastic-tubing-spout.aspx
    5) large tupperware container to store sap
    6) HUGE pot to boil sap in (20 gallon), best to boil over fire or propane burner outside
    7) canning jars to store finished syrup in
    8) 2 wonderbars to remove taps at end of season

    let me know if I forgot anything!

    March 3, 2013

  • Diane B.

    What a great time! Thanks to Anna for organizing this informative afternoon.

    March 3, 2013

  • Burton

    Guy Neal knows the subject extremely well. It was great to see his presentation, demonstration of a tap installation, and taste some of his delicious syrup. It was a great use of time, much better to see it than just read about it.

    March 3, 2013

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