Archive for January 23rd, 2004

Virtual Tour of Maple Sugar Farm

January 23rd, 2004

Recommended Website:
Leane & Michael’s Sugarbush

Real maple syrup is a delight for the senses – and learning about how it is made is fun for the entire family! At this website you can take a virtual tour of a homeschool family’s maple syrup farm. You’ll want to bookmark the site and return each week to watch the progress of the 2004 crop from now through March, when the syrup season ends. Through interesting text and photographs you can learn about the entire maple syrup process from tree to breakfast table.

But that’s not all! This homeschool family recognizes the learning value of the maple syrup process and has designed an entire Unit Study to accompany their virtual tour! It is available absolutely FREE at their website. Just click on “Unit Study” on the menu, and a new page opens with 10 weeks of lesson plans that include:

  • Indian Syrup Making
  • Pioneer Syrup Making
  • Modern Syrup Making
  • All About Maple Trees
  • Tapping Maple Trees
  • Gathering Maple Sap
  • Boiling Say Into Syrup
  • Bottling Pure Maple Syrup
  • Selling Pure Maple Syrup
  • The Sugarbush Annual Maple Syrup Festival

But wait! There’s still more! The unit studies include craft ideas, and lots of links for such things as crafts, further research, and even recipes, including Maple Syrup Milkshakes! Real maple syrup has flavor characteristics based on the trees the sap comes from and the syrup process used to make it. Sugarbush Maple Syrup has a unique flavor that makes these milkshakes yummy! You can purchase a jug of Sugarbush Pure Maple Syrup so you can make these delicious milkshakes at home! (It’s also a nice way to support the efforts of this homeschool family and thank them for the gift of these free learning materials.)

By the way, you can plan a real visit to the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Farm during their Maple Syrup Festival on Saturdays and Sundays, February 29 & 29 and March 6 & 7, from 9AM-5PM. The farm is located at 321 N. Garrison Hollow Road in Salem, Indiana. Take a tour of the Sugarbush and sugarhouse, see Indian and Pioneer syrup making demonstrations, take a walk on the nature trail, sample Sugarbush Pure Maple Syrup, maple candy, maple cream, maple cotton candy, and delicious maple home-baked goods! Enjoy children’s games, mule-drawn wagon rides, crosscut saw activity, tomahawk throw, music, and much more!

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