AMES, Iowa — Learn how sap from maple trees is turned into the sweet, pure maple syrup that everyone loves on their pancakes during an Iowa State University Forestry Extension open house. ISU Extension specialists and ISU forestry students will discuss maple syrup production from 1 to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, March 26-27.
A small-scale, homemade evaporator and a modern-style evaporator will be demonstrated both days. The history of maple syrup will be discussed, as well as recent advances in the industry — value-added products made from maple syrup also will be highlighted. This program is appropriate for all levels of maple production, from those that have never tapped a tree to those that tap hundreds.
The evaporator will be up and running at 1 p.m. both days at the ISU Forestry Extension greenhouses on campus. The mobile sugar house will be in the parking lot of the greenhouses, located at the corner of Wallace Road and University Boulevard. Look for the white trailer with the tall, stainless steel smokestack and lots of steam.
This event is free to the public and all are welcome. The day will end at 4 p.m. and participants should dress for outdoor conditions.
For more information, visit the ISU Forestry Extension website at www.forestry.iastate.edu.
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