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Maple Syrup Time

maple syrup time deep river park merrillville indianaMaple Syrup Time on the Weekends

Deep River County Park General Public Program
March 13th & 14th and March 20th & 21st, 2020
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

     Maple syrup can only be produced in certain U.S. states and Canada and only at a certain time of the year.  Above freezing day temperatures and below freezing night temperatures bring out maple sugar farmers and park staff toting their supply of buckets, spiles, drills, and tubing to tap the trees and gather the sap.  Aren’t we lucky to be in a part of the world where climate and conditions allow us to make pure maple syrup?  Come witness this special time of the year.

     Outdoor Activities: How trees are tapped and sap is collected:  Meet at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 to learn how maple trees are tapped without doing harm to the tree.

     Sugar Shack: 
Stroll to the sugar shack where the sap from the tree is boiled, evaporating the water and leaving sweet syrup.  The lengthy process goes on for days when conditions are right. The Sugar Shack is in full production transforming the sap into pure maple syrup in the wood-fired evaporator.  By contrast, French Voyageurs are making maple sugar over the open fire.

     Voyageurs:  Visit with the colorful Voyageur-era volunteers as they make maple sugar over an open fire.  Maple sugar sustained Native Americans through many a hard winter.

     Wood’s Historic Grist Mill: The Miller will be grinding corn into stone-ground cornmeal.  Buy a bag of cornmeal, challenge your friends to a game of checkers in front of the wood-fired stove, and taste Deep River’s pure maple syrup.

     In the Visitor Center Video:  “Maple Sugar Farmer” will be shown at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30.  This classic and informative movie is not to be missed.

     General Store:
  Purchase pure maple syrup, maple sugar candy, and maple souvenirs, as well as Amish-made apple butter, preserves, maple tea and more.  Kids love the rock candy sticks, the old-fashioned candy sticks, and the historic toys. Learn differences in syrups, how syrup is graded, and where maple trees are found.  Get a taste of Deep River’s own pure maple syrup.  The General Store is open only for reserved groups to purchase bottles of pure maple syrup, maple sugar candy, candy sticks or other souvenirs.

     Deep River County Park is located at 9410 Old Lincoln Highway, Hobart, IN 46342 at the intersection of County Line Road and 73rd Avenue.  From I-65 and Route 30 go east 4 miles on Route 30 to Randolph Street, then north to the first stop sign and east to the park. Groups may still make reservations at 219-769-7275.

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