Archive for February 24, 2008

Season’s first harvest is sweet

The Indian Creek Nature Center is celebrating its 25th annual Maple Syrup Festival on Saturday, March 1, and Sunday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event features a pancake breakfast, syrup-making demonstrations and live music.

As Nature Center director Rich Patterson wrote in his column last week (Feb. 20) in The Gazette:  “Maple sap is the season’s first food crop. Sugarmakers tap trees, collect sap and boil it to concentrate sugar. Any maple, including sugar, black, silver, Norway and red, produces sap that can be made into syrup.”

If you’re the do-it-yourself type, the center sells syrup-making equipment for people who want to make a batch at home. I think I’ll let the experts do this one and enjoy my pancakes, syrup and sausages next weekend at the festival.

Tickets are available in advance at the Nature Center, 6665 Otis Rd. SE, Cedar Rapids, ($6.50 for adults, $3.50 for children 3-12 years) or at the door (50 cents more per ticket.) And lucky you if you’re 25. To commemorate their anniversary, anyone age 25 will be admitted free!

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