FLMR maple syrup workshop is coming up

Do you love the taste of real maple syrup? Have you ever considered making your own syrup? If so, you should consider attending Friends of the Lower Muskingum’s Maple Syrup Workshop. This workshop is geared to beginners that would like to produce maple syrup for themselves and their families. The workshop will be held in Room 101 of Marietta College’s Rickey Science Center on Jan. 12, from 1 to 3 p.m.

The workshop will be taught by Matt Halfhill, a current FLMR Board Member and past Americorp VISTA. Matt is co-owner of Halfhill Farm in Whipple, and has been making maple syrup for the past four years. His operation has grown steadily each year and has been a welcome source of extra income on the farm.

Participants in the workshop can expect to learn how to choose trees for tapping, methods for tapping maple trees, how to construct a simple evaporator, finishing and filtering the syrup and bottling your finished product. All participants will receive an information packet to take home. There is also an option to receive a beginner’s tapping kit that includes a tap, food grade tubing and a food grade bucket with lid. A bucket can accommodate 2 taps, so additional taps will be available.

The workshop is free for FLMR members and they can receive a tapping kit for $15. The cost for nonmembers is $5, or $20 with the tapping kit. Participants should preregister by Jan. 6 by calling Halfhill at (740) 585-2089 or emailing vista@muskingumriver.org. Participants can register after Jan. 6, but they will not have the kit option.