Maple syrup open house set for March 16

Pure, natural maple syrup is truly a treat! Weather used as a topping or added in baking; there is a significant difference between artificial syrup and pure maple syrup.

Carver County Parks hopes to begin collecting sap and producing maple syrup in March at Baylor Regional Park, and will continue to do so through March 31. There are many factors that play into the spring “syrup run” and avid collectors are hopeful for the weeks ahead!

The Parks Department is excited to offer its annual Maple Syrup Open House Event, where variety of activities and opportunities will take place. Park Staff and volunteers will show the maple syrup process, from collection of sap to the syrup finishing process.

Staff from the Carver County Historical Society Staff will be hosting educational activities and programs. In addition, Carver County Libraries will have a Librarian on site to read and tell stories about sugar bushing. These activities will take place in the Community Room located in the Baylor Park Historic Barn. Free samples of maple syrup are available during the event as supply allows. When visiting the Park for a maple syrup tour it is recommended that people dress properly for weather and site conditions.

There is not an event fee to attend the Maple Syrup Open House, however vehicles are required to have either a $5 daily or $24 annual parking permit for entrance into the Park. In addition to the Open House, interested groups and schools are welcome to observe the processing of maple syrup on weekdays between 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. by appointment.

The annual Maple Syrup Open House is scheduled for Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to noon at Baylor Regional Park. Baylor is 3.5 miles north of Norwood Young America on the east side of County Rd 33.

To find out more about maple syrup conditions, processing, directions to Baylor Park or to make a reservation contact the Carver County Parks office at (952) 466-5250.