Asbury Woods is excited to once again offer the community a chance to rent and take charge of sap collection from specific sugar maple trees on their property. Individuals and families who participate in the program will be assigned a group of four trees tapped for sap collection. Trees will be tapped, buckets hung and labeled by Asbury Woods staff, then the renters take charge of collecting sap from their trees and have the opportunity to take the sap home to boil it down into maple syrup.
Each bucket can hold up to five gallons of sap and can be checked and emptied anytime during daylight hours over the course of maple syrup season. Participants must provide their own containers to transfer and transport their sap home. It takes approximately 40-50 gallons of sap to produce one gallon of maple syrup.
Fee: $25 for 4 buckets. Each bucket can hold up to 5 gallons of sap. This year the Rent-a-Bucket trees will be tapped on February 7 and 8. Weather conditions indicate that sap will be available for collection February 10 and onward.
“Sugar maple trees are a natural resource unique to the Great Lakes region. This program is a way Asbury Woods can share our natural resources with the community,” says Kelley Lang, director of education and community programs. “People often notice tapped trees, buckets and sap lines strung on trees as they travel throughout our region in late winter, but not everyone has trees on their property to experience maple syrup production for home and family use first-hand. We’re thrilled to once again share our trees, sap and knowledge so people can try their hand at home maple syrup production. We sold out this program last year and we anticipate the same for this season.”
Sap collection season is entirely dependent on temperature fluctuations as a pattern of warm daytime temperatures, followed by cool temperatures overnight for several days is necessary to get the sap running. The quantity of sap produced from individual trees and duration of the tapping season varies from year to year. Participants can be at the ready for sap collection from approximately early February until late March.
Lang added, “The thrill of personally collecting sap from a natural source, turning it into a much-coveted commodity and then, finally savoring the fruits of your labor as you pour the syrup over your steaming pancakes is something we hope dozens of people and families will get to experience through this program.”
Each person who rents a grouping of four trees will be provided with a toolkit checklist of supplies that might be helpful to have a home to turn the sap into syrup.
Information and education will be provided to all participants as the season progresses from Kelley Lang, Director of Education and Community Programs.