One indicator that that spring is just around the corner is when maple trees are tapped to capture the sweet sap that flows when frigid nights awaken to warming days.
It’s maple season in Southwestern Pennsylvania and the sap is flowing abundantly. In Brady’s Run State Park in Beaver County they are rapidly collecting sap, the sugar shack is open, the evaporator is steaming along and fresh, local maple syrup will be the reward at the 34th Annual Beaver County Maple Syrup Festival the first weekend in April.
If you don’t want to wait that long, you can stop by Fern Hollow Nature Center in Sewickley, PA on March 5 for their Pancake Breakfast and Maple Sugaring Festival, featuring maple Syrup from Brady’s Run.
Pennsylvania’s largest maple festival, held in Somerset County, runs for three weekends beginning in late March. And in northwestern Pennsylvania, you can tour a number of independent sugar shacks during their annual “Taste & Tour” event.
So, get out for a fun (and tasty) adventure and find a maple festival (or two) to learn all about the maple production process from tree to table and enjoy the the many uses of this gift from Mother Nature.
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