Sweet Success…with a Little Help from our Friends
BY CAREY EDWARDS, IRON RIVER NFH
sap for several days. Credit: USFWS
Friends and staff of the Iron River National Fish Hatchery (NFH) hosted its first Maple Syrup Making event this spring. Around two dozen event goers braved the brisk “spring” morning to learn the ins and outs of maple syrup making. Visitors kicked off the event in the hatchery lobby by watching an informational five minute video on proper tools and procedures before heading out onto hatchery property to view the process in person. Several stations were set up ahead of time to streamline the process. Maple syrup enthusiasts Dale Bast and Brandon Keesler led the demonstrations. Guests could try their hand at tapping a tree and carrying buckets of sap from pre-tapped trees. After sap was collected, viewers moved to the next station to watch a kettle of almost table-ready syrup “finish” over an open flame while listening to the steps in the cooking process.
pancakes for event goers during the first
annual Maple Syrup Making Day. Credit:
Friends of Iron River NFH
Several people were interested in making syrup themselves next spring and took notes along the way. There’s no arguing that the best part of the morning was coming back into the hatchery to eat hot-off-the-griddle homemade pancakes drizzled with fresh maple syrup. What a fun, informative and delicious way to spend a morning. Thanks Friends.