tapping the maples

IMG_4171_2_2For a play day in the Louisville area, take in the Maple Syrup Festival at Sugarbush farm in Indiana. We ventured half an hour north in the early spring chill last weekend. Here’s what we found:

  • Sap boiling in a caldron over an open fireIMG_4179
  • Boys branding logs with the maple leaf
  • Tractor-drawn hay wagon rides for all ages
  • Tree tapping demonstrations     (try it!)
  • An old-fashioned merry-go-round, ball toss, and knock-your-partner-off-the-log games
  • Alpacas, goats, and rescue dogs
  • Craftspeople with baskets, pottery, rugs, silver, and reenactment gear
  • And naturally, every kind of maple product imaginable. We tried maple barbecue chicken, maple cotton candy, maple cream, and Grade B maple syrup — thick and caramel-like.

The festival runs the last weekend in February and the first in March. www.LMSugarbush.com

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