Tap, gather, boil: The sugaring process
Rockport — Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Aldermere Farm in Rockport will teach about tapping, gathering, and turning sap into maple syrup throughout the month of March.
Tree tapping takes place at the beginning of the month, gathering the sap and a little more tapping happens mid-month, and the boiling of the sap will take place toward the end of the month.
The community is welcome to attend one or more dates to learn and help with this fun and educational process. The weather is a big factor in how the sap flows through the trees, and ultimately how much is gathered and boiled, so even though there are set dates for tapping, gathering, and boiling, please contact the Aldermere Farm office to register in case changes need to be made.
Tapping dates are: Saturday, March 2, at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, March 5, at 4 p.m.
Gathering dates are: Saturday, March 9, at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, March 12, at 4 p.m.
Boiling dates are: Saturday, March 16, at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, March 19, at 4 p.m.
The final product is bottled and then given to volunteers, so the farm does not sell the syrup. Aldermere Farm, however, encourages folks to visit other local farms in the area on Maine Maple Sunday, which is Sunday, March 24. Locate one of these farms by visiting the Maine Maple Producers website or MOFGA.org.
To register for any of the Aldermere Farm events, please call 236-2739 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. These events are free and open to all ages. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Visit aldermere.org for all upcoming events at MCHT’s Aldermere Farm and the Erickson Fields Preserve.