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Aldermere Farm offers free Sap to Syrup Program

Feb 08, 2021
Photo by: Joelle Albury Maine Coast Heritage Trust Farm Manager, Aaron Englander, demonstrates how to drill a small hole to insert a tap in a maple tree.

Rockport — During the month of March, Maine Coast Heritage Trust invites all ages to try out making maple syrup from scratch (i.e. sap) at Aldermere Farm, 70 Russell Ave. in Rockport. Individuals or groups may sign up to assist with the collecting of sap on Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Individuals who are looking for a more in-depth, hands-on experience, and don’t mind a little heavy lifting, may sign up to volunteer to assist where needed (hauling buckets of sap, tending the evaporator, boiling and finishing the syrup, etc.).

In keeping with health officials’ recommendations, face masks are required, and space is limited so appropriate social distancing can be maintained. Participants must dress for being outside for an extended period in the cold and are required to wear face masks. There are no public restrooms at the farm.

Sap flow is weather dependent. Early registration is recommended. Registration is open until March 5 and is available online at aldermere.org/programs/aldermere/sap-to-syrup/.

Aldermere Farm is a preserve of Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Sap-to-Syrup and other community programs at Aldermere are free to participants thanks to support from donors.

 

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