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County parks department offers chance to learn the art of making maple syrup

Maple syrup-making demonstration at the Daniel Boone Homes in Defiance.

Making maple syrup is easier than you think.

Now you can learn how to turn gallons of gooey sap into edible, sweet syrup with the help of St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department staff, volunteers and Hart Beet Farm.

Hands-On Heritage: Making Maple Syrup takes place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17 at The Historic Daniel Boone Home near Defiance. Admission is free.

Park staff tapped the trees and gathered the sap that Hart Beet Farms will use to demonstrate how easy it is to make syrup with modern day equipment. They’ll break it down for you with simple step-by-step instructions from learning how to bore a tree to showing you how long to boil the sap. Watch and learn as the historic process that dates back to the 19th century is brought to light with a modern twist.

Frontiersmen and women also will be giving historical demonstrations. Guests will be able to view and handle the antique equipment that was used in the 1800s to make maple syrup. They also will have an opportunity to ask questions about the historical process that first was used by Native Americans.

Established in 2015 as a small, diversified farm in Eolia, Missouri, Hart Beet Farm grows a variety of clean vegetables without using chemical pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers. Wild edibles including mushrooms, fruits, and maple sap are harvested from the farm year round. The farm also harvests many wild edibles including mushrooms, fruits, and maple sap from their forests. During the growing season, the farm offers a limited number of shares to the community for purchase. For more information, visit www.hartbeetfarm.com.

The program is free and open to all ages. For more information, call the parks department at (636) 949-7535.

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