Maple Tree Tapping Workshop Draws a Crowd

Everyone loves maple syrup, so it’s no surprise that our Maple Tree Tapping Workshop was such a success that we had to add on a second session! Participants took to the snowy woods with Jim Turner, the Deanery’s favourite horticulturalist, where he demonstrated how to tap maple and birch with spigot and bucket.

To the delight of all, especially the children, we also made Maple Toffee Pops on snow, an easy maple treat. Here’s the recipe, so you can try it yourself before the snow is all gone.

 Jim talking about the structure of the trunk.

Jim demonstrating tree-tapping tools and the science of sap movement.

Installing the spigot.

Installing a spigot to collect the sap.

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Carolyn cultivating the art of the “maple toffee twist”

The Deanery's handyman Steven Barkhouse trying maple toffee for the first time.

The Deanery’s handyman Steven Barkhouse trying maple toffee for the first time.

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