Now is the time to enjoy Ohio freshly-made maple syrup. The maple sugaring season only lasts from 4 – 8 weeks and before you know it, it will be gone for another season. Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland, Ohio is offering special Maple Sugaring Weekends from March 5 through March 20 filled with family-friendly and educational activities that are sure to be fun for all — in addition to pancake breakfasts each of the weekends. Kirtland is approximately a 30 minute drive from Cleveland.
Among the hands-on activities offered that visitors can participate in are hand tapping of the sap (using both historic and modern methods), hanging a sap bucket on a maple tree, making maple crafts, making maple-flavored ice cream and watching maple candy-making demonstrations. In addition, there will be sugar bush tours and a special “History of Maple Sugaring” exhibit. Make sure you get your free samples of real maple syrup and maple candy. For those creative visitors, you can try your hand at making maple stirs (for a small additional fee).
An Interesting Maple Syrup Fact The maple-flavored syrups that people buy in the grocery store have less than one per cent real maple syrup in them.
While at Lake Metroparks Farmpark be sure to stop and visit some of the Farmpark’s baby animals, horses, sheep, pigs, chickens and cows and don’t miss the Farmpark’s regular activities like hand-milking a cow and cheese making. And stop at the Visitor Center to see the Quilts 2016 exhibit featuring more than 200 handmade quilts.
Pancake Breakfast The Farmpark’s J & J Café is serving a pancake breakfast all day during the Maple Sugaring Weekends. (Yes, you can get pancakes in the afternoon.) Farmpark admission is required to attend the breakfast. Admission to Lake Metroparks Farmpark is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (60+) and $4 for children (2-11). The admission gives you access to all regular Farmpark activities and to the Maple Sugaring Weekend activities. There is an additional charge for the pancake breakfast. Cost is $7 for ages 12 and up and $4 for ages 2-11.
For more information about the Maple Sugaring Weekends or the pancake breakfast, call 800-366-3276 or get online at www.lakemetroparks.com. Lake Metroparks Farmpark is located at 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd. in Kirtland, Ohio. Kirtland is 25 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a 30 minute drive.