Maple syrup event set for March 29

The entire family can enjoy the Annual Maple Syrup Open House at Baylor Park in NYA on March 29. (Submitted photo)

Put a hole in a Maple tree, grab a bucket and collect syrup!  Wait a minute, there has to be more to it than that?
The Carver County Parks Department invites you and your family to its Annual Maple Syrup Open House, where you can not only taste real maple syrup, but learn about the historic steps to the “syruping” process!
Carver County Parks has high hopes to begin collecting sap and producing maple syrup in late March at Baylor Regional Park, and will continue to do so through the early days of April. There are so many variables that play into the Spring “syrup run” and avid collectors both commercial and personal are hopeful for the weeks of Spring 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 and tapping of the tree to the syrup finishing process. Staff from the Carver County Historical Society will be hosting unique educational activities and programs.
In addition, Carver County Libraries will have a Librarian on-site to read and tell stories about the long history of “syruping.” These activities will take place indoors at 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. It is a 1-mile hike on snowy/muddy trails to the sugar bush.
Although the Annual Maple Syrup Open House is free to all participants, all 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 non-profit 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 March 24-28.
The 2014 Annual Maple Syrup Open House is scheduled for Saturday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to noon at Baylor Regional Park (10775 Cty Rd 33, NYA). Baylor is 3.5 miles north of Norwood Young America on the east side of CR 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.