Many methods can be used to make maple syrup, but each way makes the same sweet product. Here are some stories from families, neighbors and a serious amateur maple producers about how they strive to preserve this golden treat.
Making Maple - Family Style
The Pratt family likes to keep it simple. A hot fire and large pans are all they need for their sugaring operation. That and their family to help collect all the sap.
Maple Maple - Neighborhood Maple
Boiling sap is a fun activity especially with friends. Michael Cohen needed trees to tap so he asked his neighbors. He boils right outside the house so neighbors and friends can stop by to join in the festivities.
Making Maple - Semi-Pro
Once you have a sugar shack and an evaporator you’re practically a professional. Larry Dennis has his own small sugaring operation for the 140 trees he taps each spring, learning new tricks as he goes.
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Their mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Their grantmaking, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.