Tapping Maple Syrup

My sister and brother-in-law recently visited from Kansas.  We always gallivant when they are here and spend time on picturesque Blue Ridge Mountain winding country roads.  One day, we ran across an awesome sight—some folks were tapping maple syrup!  My brother-in-law, Larry Tedford, took this photo with my camera.IMG_20140303_110006_611 smallA few years ago, we took a step back in time when attending Highland Maple Festival in an area known as “Virginia’s Switzerland.”  What a beautiful place with breathtaking mountain views!  The annual event was designated a “Local Legacy” by the Library of Congress in 1999.

Photos taken at Eagle’s Sugar Camp.

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Photo taken at Puffenbargers Sugar Orchard.

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Awesome art work painted on the school walls!

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Photos taken along the countryside.

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Blog Maple Syrup Fest - Page 002“How many taps could a tapper tap, if a tapper could tap good?”  According to Hillsboro Sugarworks, Inc. of Bristol, Vermont, “500 on a good day”.

Here’s some maple syrup tapping trivia for you:

It takes about 40-50 gallons of sap to produce one gallon of syrup.

Tapping does not permanently damage a tree.

This is a new item on my “bucket list”—tapping a bucket of maple syrup!

I hope you enjoyed the maple syrup tapping photos!  For more info visit http://www.highlandcounty.org/maplefestival.html

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4 thoughts on “Tapping Maple Syrup

  1. Quiltmouse says:

    Yummy! Usually when you think of maple syrup, you think of Vermont not the Blue Ridge! Love the pictures!

  2. KerryCan says:

    Quiltmouse tipped me about this post–your photos are great! Upstate New York is just gearing up for “sugaring down”–it’s late this year!

  3. We had such a great time at the event. There was a craft show at the school and I really enjoyed it. There were also buckwheat pancakes with maple syrup! Yummy. The farms that make maple were fascinating. And the countryside in “Virginia’s Switzerland” was spectacular.

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