Sweet Sunday: Make and taste maple syrup in Piqua
PIQUA, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - From sap to sugar, the Upper Valley Career Center is giving you a peek at how to make sweet maple syrup.
On Saturday, the public is invited to the Upper Valley Career Center’s Willowbrook Environmental Education Center to see how sap is tapped from maple trees. Visitors can then check out the sugaring houses to see the sap boil on the evaporator.
“We have 130 maple trees tapped and we are making maple syrup,” says Michaella Quinter of the Upper Valley Career Center. “People will also see the evaporator and how that is boiled down and reduced to maple syrup.”
The center says ideal conditions for tapping maple trees are cold nights and 40 to 50 degrees during the day
“It comes out perfectly clear, and then when we bring it back we start boiling it,” says Quinter. “We add nothing to it and then those 45 gallons of that clear sap becomes one gallon of syrup.”
Arguably the best part is indulging in the sweet syrup. The public can test some out over pancakes from the Upper Valley Career Center FFA.
Sunday’s event, which runs from 1-4 p.m., is free and open to the public.
Willowbrook Environmental Education Center
8415 Looney Rd.