Jones, MI —
Now is the perfect time for maple tapping. A family-owned maple syrup business in Jones, Michigan, has over 10,000 taps in maple trees for this season.
Maple Row Sugarhouse began in 2011, and the Olson family is now the largest maple syrup producer in Southwest, Michigan.
Owners say a person can put about 600 taps in an eight-hour workday. Within the 24 hours of collecting sap, they will collect about three gallons of sap per tap.
Sharing the sweet and sappy story with the community, they have three easy ways families can also tap maple trees from their own yards.
First, identify a maple tree by its branches. They are the only tree to have branches directly across from each other, not staggered.
Second, drill a hole in a tree. Lastly, put the tap into the drilled hole. You can use a bucket to collect the sap.
When heating the sap to turn it into syrup, the Olsons suggest doing this outside. That way, your house does not get sticky.
This March 2022, is the 9th annual Michigan Maple Festival at Maple Row Sugarhouse in Jones, Michigan.
Some of the fun includes a petting farm, Sugarhouse tours, a pancake eating contest, making maple cream, and horse-drawn carriage rides.
WSBT 22's Taylor Gattoni shows more above.
Visit Maple Row Sugarhouse: https://www.maplerowsugarhouse.com/
Michigan Maple Festival in March: https://www.michiganmaplefestival.com/