Spring? Is that you?

By: Jen Skala

Activities in South Hill Forest Products have always revolved around the weather. Our maple trees start producing sap when days are above freezing and nights are still below freezing, we boil it down to syrup when the sap’s been running strong and has given us a large amount of sap to work with, and we end our syrup season with the bottling of our favorite pancake topping! This year we were able to produce 8.5 gallons of syrup - a step down from recent years but a very good yield for this years group of volunteers!

Even though our maple syrup might be done for the year, we’re far from idle! We’re launching straight into production of our hickory syrup, and will soon be thinking about our bees and they come out of hibernation! And, of course, getting ready for our open house at the end of the month where visitors can come see the result of all our hard work!

Just a small sampling of all the syrup we’ve been able to produce this year!

Just a small sampling of all the syrup we’ve been able to produce this year!