Maple Syrup: Not for the lazy!

Maple syrup 2, photo by Deb Perry Studio One of the best things about spring for my money is that it’s the one time of year that you can make maple syrup! Michigan ranks 5th in the US in maple syrup production, and the Michigan Maple Syrup Producers Association has a page about the history of … Continue reading Maple Syrup: Not for the lazy!

Real Michigan Maple Syrup: Step One

110314_4339A, photo by jsorbieus. One of the signs of spring in Michigan is when you see buckets on the maple trees. Jim writes that the first step to a delicious breakfast is real michigan maple syrup! Check it out bigger than a bucket and see more shots in his Syrup Slideshow! For more about how … Continue reading Real Michigan Maple Syrup: Step One

The Cycle of Sweetness: From Sap to Maple Syrup

Spile, photo by Jan Fox © In an ideal world, I’d be able to lay out the process of making maple syrup using nothing but Michigan photos. Unfortunately, I can’t. I should be able to as my family used to sugar when I was a kid. I can only find a couple of the photos … Continue reading The Cycle of Sweetness: From Sap to Maple Syrup

Mighty Michigan Maples vs Acid Rain

mighty maple, photo by aimeeern. “Though a tree grows so high, the falling leaves return to the root.” – Malay proverb A couple of weeks ago we reported on the threat to Michigan Eastern Black Walnut trees from Thousand Cankers Disease, but apparently they’re not the only significant Michigan tree in peril. Now the Wall … Continue reading Mighty Michigan Maples vs Acid Rain

Michigan Events in April are Dillys

Dillys, photo by docksidepress. “In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.” ~Mark Twain Every month Absolute Michigan posts a Michigan Event Calendar, and the month of April is no exception. In addition to Tax Day (boo!), Earth Day (yay!), Opening Day (Monday!) … Continue reading Michigan Events in April are Dillys

Native American Maple Sugaring: One Drip at a Time

One Drip at a Time, photo by Graphic Knight. Eric took this photo of an American Indian demonstration on how maple trees were tapped for collecting the sap to make maple syrup at the Kensington Metropark Farm Learning Center. He also has a couple photos of them boiling the say to make maple syrup. It’s … Continue reading Native American Maple Sugaring: One Drip at a Time