Did you know that it takes approximately 40 gallons of maple sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup?
A gallon of standard maple syrup weighs 11 pounds and has a sugar content of 66 percent. A maple tree needs to be about 40 years old and have a diameter of 10 inches before tapping is recommended.
Typically maple season in Michigan starts in February in the southern counties and runs well into April in the Upper Peninsula; however this season has created many challenges for Michigan’s maple syrup farmers due to the warmer winter. For more details on this year’s tapping and the challenges the farmers face visit: EXTREME WEATHER ARTICLE.
Great opportunities to experience what goes on at a Michigan Maple sugar bush! The trees will be tapped and the syrup flowing, see how it is harvested and made into the great tasting syrup you enjoy! Some of the other products you might catch a glimpse of being made are maple candy, maple cream, maple sugar and so much more! Meet the sugar makers and take the opportunity to support you local businesses and purchase some of the great flavors to enjoy at home.
Kalamazoo Nature Center – 52 Years of Maple Sugaring! (Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12; 9am to 5pm), Kalamazoo, MI
52nd Annual Maple Sugar Festival. Start your day with delicious pancakes smothered in real Michigan maple syrup! Go back in time as you walk along a wooded trail with a Naturalist for a historical maple sugar tour. Experience our amazing Birds of Prey up close! The whole family will enjoy the sweet experience. Don’t miss a visit to the DeLano Homestead during the festival to experience maple sugaring and life in the 1800s. Demonstrations by blacksmiths, spinners and fiber artists will round out the activities.
Admission: Members free, Non-members $7/adult, $6/senior, $4/child (4 – 17 yrs), children 3 years and under are free. *Additional fees: Pancake breakfast: $6 (children 2 and under free)
Ice cream w/real maple syrup: $3 per serving
Blandford Nature Center Sugarbush Festival (Saturday, March 18, 10 am – 4 pm), Grand Rapids, MI
March 18, 2017: Join us for our 47th Annual Sugarbush Festival! Celebrate the sweet arrival of spring with this year’s festival theme: “The Best of Sugarbush!” Learn the process of maple sugaring through Sugarbush demonstrations: identifying what characteristics make up a maple tree, hands-on tree tapping, explore historic pioneer and Native American sugaring techniques and end it all with a taste test in Blandford’s Sugarhouse. Make it an all day event with horses, maple cotton candy, games, wildlife encounters and lots more family fun! Cost: This program is $5 for members and $8 for non-members.
Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival (April 28th-30th), Vermontville, MI (SW of Lansing, MI)
Vermontville is the “granddaddy” of them all! Vermontville is the home of the original Maple Syrup Festival in Michigan. Three full days of parades, rides, pancake breakfasts, maple syrup demonstrations….surely one festival not to be missed.
Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival (April 28th – 30th), Shepherd, MI (Central MI)
3 day festival filled with lots of yummy maple syrup infused food, games, vendor fair, parades and even a petting zoo for the young at heart….a day with the family and a community that celebrates the harvest of Michigan maple syrup.