Vigo County Parks Department Making Syrup At Prairie Creek Park

Vigo County park employees at Prairie Creek Park say one of the signs that spring is coming is tapping maple trees for sap every year.

Posted: Feb 17, 2018 10:16 AM

VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - Vigo County park employees at Prairie Creek Park say one of the signs that spring is coming is tapping maple trees for sap every year.

For the past several days park workers have been harvesting sap from maple trees at the park. The sap is being turned to maple syrup in a cabin at the park. Park officials say the syrup will be sold at the cabin and at the annex building in Terre Haute. While employees are Harvesting thousands of gallons of sap officials say it takes a lot of sap to make a smaller amount of syrup.

"We're averaging 52 gallons of sap equals one gallon of syrup so it takes a lot more sap than people realize to make a gallon of syrup. When we come in with a 550 gallons worth of sap that does not mean we are making 550 gallons worth of syrup" Adam Grossman says.

Grossman says if visitors want to see how the process is done they can stop by the cabin at prairie creek park and get a tour of the syrup making procedure. He says this year has been succesful so far due to the temperatures rising and falling allowing the trees to push out more sap.

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