Learning to Make Maple Syrup


By WSIL Manager

MAKANDA -- IIt was a warm enough day Saturday to get out and release some of the cabin fever energy. And the city of Carbondale and the Shawnee Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society had the perfect solution.

A Maple Syrup workshop at Cedar Lake provided some much-needed outdoor time for locals. Folks learned all about tree identification, tree tapping, and evaporating techniques in order to make this sticky treat. They were also taught how this historic past-time came to be.
"We're in a unique area of the world, basically. Nowhere else in the world can you get sugar maple trees, but the northeastern part of North America," says John Wallace
Each participant got to take home a jar of maple syrup, along with an experience sweet enough to last until next time.
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