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Best local, maple syrup events
"Ohio is the fourth largest of the 12 states that produce maple sugar. More than 900 families produce nearly 100,000 gallons of syrup each year, but the demand far exceeds the supply. In addition, the state hosts a variety of maple sugar events around the sugaring season, which lasts from early February to mid-March." (from About.com)
On weekends in March check out the log cabin in Burton, Ohio, a working sugar house producing maple syrup (they also make maple candy year round). It's a centuries old tradition, capped with the a maple sugar festival every March with an antique and craft show at the high school and Century Village Museum.
After enjoying a pancake breakfast, guests will discover the ancient process of maple sugar production, a tradition in the Cuyahoga Valley that began with American Indians before the time of Jonathan Hale. Other event activities include exploring maple sugar production methods in the Sugar Camp, building a log cabin, making maple candy, and enjoying Hale Farm & Village craft and trade demonstrations.
On weekends in March, visitors can walk the Sugarbush Trail from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting from the Maple Grove Picnic Area to see the sap-collecting methods and syrup-making processes used by Native Americans, pioneers and modern sugar farmers. Hikes lead to the sugarhouse, where guests can watch sap being boiled into delicious, 100-percent pure maple syrup. Guided public hikes leave the Sugarhouse every 20 minutes.
Local maple syrup will be the cornerstone of Coit Road Farmer's Market annual French toast breakfast fundraiser featuring chef Robin Blair on March 30, 2013 from 10 am-noon.
Real maple syrup is sitting inside the sugar maple trees in Northeast Ohio, maybe even your backyard. Learn more about the simple but sweet art of making maple syrup.
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