Tree-Tapping Program Kicks Off Maple Sugaring Season at Howell Farm

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    A maple syrup tap collecting sap at Howell Living History Farm.

    Freezing nights and thawing days marks the beginning of maple sugaring season at the 130-acre Howell Living History Farm. On Saturday, February 3, 2018, visitors can join sugaring crews in the woods where the sap is flowing and where help is needed with harvest operations that fuel the production of maple syrup.

    Crews will be working in the “sugar bush” throughout the day and welcome visits from those who would like to watch, take photographs or lend a hand. In the farm’s sugarhouse, visitors can see how sap is made into syrup and learn about early and current methods of production. Visitors to the sugarhouse can sample fresh syrup and try their hand at making a tap.

    Backyard farmers interested in making syrup at home can get pointers and hands-on experience during tree-tapping workshops at 11am and 2pm. Taps and buckets needed for home sugaring operations are available for sale in the farm’s Visitor Center.

    Howell Farm is owned by the County of Mercer and maintained by the Mercer County Park Commission. It is located on Valley Road, just off Route 29, in Hopewell Township. The GPS address is 70 Woodens Lane, Hopewell Township, N.J. 08530. Parking and admission are free.

    For more information, call the farm office at (609) 737-3299 or visit www.howellfarm.org or www.mercercountyparks.org.

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