The third annual backyard maple syrup production workshop will be held on Saturday, February 3rd from 10 a.m. to noon at the Dixon Springs Ag Center located at 354 State Highway 145 North, Simpson, IL 62985. This program is free and open to the public.
Chris Evans, University of Illinois Extension Forester, will cover tree identification, equipment needs, tree tapping, sap collection, boiling, and finishing maple syrup. Participants will see first hand the processes involved in making maple syrup. See a demonstration of a syrup evaporator and an optional tour of a sugarbush forest, managed for maple syrup production and utilizing a pipeline system of sap collection.
The University of Illinois will provide some activities for kids, including taste testing of real maple syrup!
If you are interested in attending this workshop, please RSVP by February 2nd by calling the Ag Center main office at 618/695-2441. Be sure and indicate if you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program.
For more information:
Chris Evans - firstname.lastname@example.org, 618-695-3383
Bronwyn Aly - email@example.com, 618-252-8391
Download a flier HERE