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By Pamela Dillon
From sap to syrup to spilling over your pancakes, what better way to celebrate the winter season? It’s time for Greene County Parks & Trails Annual Maple Sugar Pancake Breakfast. You and your family can head straight to the breakfast table at Bellbrook Middle School, or find out just where all that maple syrup comes from beforehand at Narrows Reserve Sugar Grove.
Sugaring season can begin as early as late January, but usually begins the second week of February through the second week of March. Ideal conditions are sunny, with temperatures between 30 and 45 degrees. Approximately 24 trees are tapped each year at Narrows Reserve; the park’s sugar camp usually produces about 8 to 10 gallons of maple syrup. Naturalist-led hikes are available from 8 a.m. to noon tomorrow morning. You and your children will see demonstrations of how maple tree sap is transformed into maple syrup.
“We generally place about 60 to 70 taps each year on those 24 trees. It depends on the weather and the health of the trees,” said GCP & T chief naturalist Cris Barnett.
“We want to make sure we have a healthy sugar grove for a long time, and we do let some trees remain untapped if they appear to be stressed.”
It’s good to know there will be no stressed-out syrup on these pancakes. The breakfast includes sausage, milk, coffee, tea and juice. Real maple syrup and maple candy will be available for sale.
If you want to participate in the Maple Sugaring Tour only, the cost is $4, or free for kids under 6. Classroom groups are also invited for private tours of the Maple Sugar Camp. Students must be at least 10. Teachers, if you are interested in scheduling a 90-minute tour, please call Cris Barnett at 937-562-6474, or email her at email@example.com.