Maple Syrup Time In Pennsylvania
The production of maple syrup has been an activity of early spring since the pre-columbian era in America. American natives would gash the trees, collect the sap, let it partially freeze to enrich the sap and then boil it down, sometimes by dropping heated stones into the sap.
Depending on the sweetness of the sap, it can take anywhere from 25-75 gallons of raw sap to make a gallon of finished syrup. The usual amount is about 40 gallons of sap to one gallon of syrup. Each tap into a tree will yield about 10 gallons of slightly sweet sap over a period of the 4-5 week sugaring season. This 10 gallons of sap, when boiled down, will yield approximately one quart of finished maple syrup.
Asbury Woods Nature Center has tapped the Maple Trees and begining the process of making Maple Syrup. Their big Maple Festival is March 28th and 29th. (2009)