Signs of Spring in the Deep Creek Lake area are beginning to show. Snow will remain on Wisp's Marsh Mountain until April and citizens may see what they call a Robin Snow here and there as higher and steadier temperatures near. But one sure sign of the transition from winter to spring in Garrett County is the sighting of buckets and tubing mounted on the side of Maple trees in many of the county's Maple groves.
Locally bought Maple Syrup is 100% pure, compared to national brands that may only contain a fraction of pure Maple Syrup. It takes 40 gallons of sap from a tree to make 1 gallon of pure maple syrup. The sap is reduced in an evaporation process that creates syrup, can be witnessed at many local farms and DNR demonstrations.
Swallow Falls and Herrington Manor State Parks will be hosting demonstrations on separate days the weekend of March 16th & 17th. On Saturday March 16th a demonstration of processing Maple syrup will be held at Swallow Falls State Park from 8:30 to 3:30. A Q&A will be conducted by a local producer. Maple products will be offered for sale at the demonstration.
Herington Manor State Park is hosting their Pancake Breakfast & Maple Syrup Demonstration on Sunday March 17th from 8:30 to 2:00. Products will also be available for sale at this event. Cost is $8 per adult and $5 for children under 12.
Remember, no matter what time of year you are visiting Garrett County, high quality, locally made and grown Maple products are always available.
See a Maple Syrup For Sale sign-- stop the car!...make the purchase. You'll be happy you did!