Maple Syrup Days hosted by the Maple Wood Nature Center in LaGrange is one of my Favorite Events! To me this means that Spring is right around the corner! In Northern Indiana Spring is a BIG DEAL, we have lasted through the winter, the snow, the freezing temps, and the blistering winds.
Maple Syrup Days is kicked off with a Sap Run, a 5k run/walk through beautiful maple woods. Now, I have never participated in this, however I believe NEXT YEAR will be the year! 😉 The Sap Run is a fundraiser for Maple Wood Nature Center, all proceeds will go to purchase new picnic tables for 2018!
The following Saturday and Sunday, sausages and pancakes served with delicious Maple Syrup, of course, are served beginning at 7am! Once you are stuffed with all the pancakes and sausages you can eat, you meander out to the sugar house. Inside the sugar house is where all the magic happens! That’s right, all the delicious Maple Syrup is going through the process of cooking. It smells of sweet maple syrup, earth, and dampness.
After the wonderful gentleman answer all the inquisitive questions, we enter the gift shop! I swear – this is my kids favorite part, I must admit I enjoy it as well! All the Maple Syrup is on display as well as cookbooks, suckers and other gift items that relate to maple syrup. OH do not leave with out the cotton candy & freshly popped kettle corn!
If you like a little entertainment, there’s a cute “Maple Marionettes” that take place under the tent every hour! Be sure to catch a ride on the horse drawn wagon that leads you through the maple woods to see the tapped trees!
After I have recovered from my sugar high, it is officially time for a nap!
If you get that itch to tap your own Maple Tree – Shipshewana Yoder’s Hardware has all the necessary parts!
If you have not been to the Maple Syrup Days, I highly recommend it! It has become a tradition in our home… we have a 7 year streak!
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