Is there anything better than a stack of pancakes topped with maple syrup?
With the help of the DNR and some of your local state parks you can forgo the store-bought varieties and make your dream of pancakes smothered in homemade syrup a reality.
According to the DNR website, we’re smack dab in the center of prime Minnesota Maple syruping season, which runs from March 15th through April 20th. The website goes on to describe that climate ultimately dictates when the syrup is most accessible:
“Maple sap runs best when daytime temperatures are in the high 30s to mid-40s and overnight temperatures are below freezing. This cycle of above-freezing days and below-freezing nights needs to continue for several days, although nature occasionally has been known to provide a good run under less perfect conditions.”
“We’ll teach you how to identify the right kind of tree, drill a hole for a spile, collect sap in a bucket and then boil it until it’s tasty enough to pour on your pancakes. Once you see how it’s done, it’s easy to do it yourself in your own backyard.”
Check out the DNR Events page for a list of Maple syruping workshops and other fun things happening this spring.
Photos via: CORBIS (Charles Gold) — Google — DNR