As the weather warms up, Cowboy Ron, a local sap farmer, is preparing for the upcoming maple syrup festival.
“When that drip falls down into the sap that is already collected, it will make a dripping sound to where you can hear 8, 10, 12, 14 buckets at one time,” said Ron. “It does get like a musical rhythm to it. That’s part of collecting sap and I just love it.”
Earlier in the week, local school children visited Burton’s Maplewood Farm to learn where maple syrup comes from and how it is made. And, if the great taste of this locally-produced syrup isn’t enough, farm owner Tim Burton said there are also some health benefits.
“The medical community has found that the darker ‘B’ grade is healthier for you in [that there are] more antioxidants in ‘B’ grade maple syrup.”
Regardless of which kind you like, Burton’s Maplewood Farm is hosting the second annual National Maple Syrup Festival this weekend and next in Medora. Miss America will be there Saturday from 9 – 10 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Head’s Up!!! Foundation, which helps children born with facial birth defects.
-Report filed by Whitney King