You don’t have to go to Vermont to get sticky, sweet maple syrup. Michiana has its own fair share of homegrown syrup producers, and the springtime melt is prime season for harvesting the sugary sap.
- FROM THE MAGAZINE: Maple Syrup: Pure, simple, local, Flavor 574 Magazine, winter 2014
Maple syrup production has been a staple since 2011 at Maple Row Sugarhouse, 12646 Born Street, Jones, Mich. What started as four maple trees grew to a few hundred from area farms and this season, 7,000 taps will process the sweet syrup, according to the release.
2 p.m. March 19, Middlebury Community Library
The Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival brings maple baking contests, all-you-can-eat pancakes, tours of the historical sugar camp and more family fun.
April 24-26, downtown Wakarusa
During Maple Weekend, you’ll be able to see the process — from the trees tapped for sap to the machines that turn it to syrup before making its way to your pancakes, according to the Maple Row Sugarhouse website.
From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 14, families can start the day with an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast.
Tickets are available at the door and are $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 5 to 10 and free for children 4 and younger, according to the website. All proceeds from the breakfast will benefit Newberg Fire and EMS.
Save room, because there will be free tours of the house, complete with samples, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to the website. Bus tours of the farms will run every half hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are $3 per person and free for children 1 year old or younger.
Free tours of the Sugarhouse with syrup samples continue from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 15.
Other maple goodies will also be available for purchase, including maple ice cream, maple candied nuts, maple cotton candy and, of course, maple syrup.