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Wintergreen : Maple Sugar Days At The Nature Foundation

[ 0 ] March 9, 2014 |
©2014 Blue Ridge Life : Photos By BRL Mountain Photographer Paul Purpura : The freshly boiled sweetness from maple trees this past weekend at The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen. It's all part of their Maple Sugar Days celebration.

©2014 Blue Ridge Life : Photos By BRL Mountain Photographer Paul Purpura : The freshly boiled sweetness from maple trees this past weekend at The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen. It’s all part of their Maple Sugar Days celebration.

Wintergreen
Nelson County, VA

A week long celebration of events was capped off this past Saturday – March 8, 2014 as the folks at The Nature Foundation At Wintergreen held a pancake breakfast using maple syrup harvested within the past few days from trees on the mountain. After breakfast people got the chance to go on a Sugarbush Sojourn taking a winter hike to Wintergreen’s sugarbushes. They saw first-hand the old-fashioned and new-fangled ways of collecting maple sap.


We first told you about the neat story of tapping the maple trees in our April 2010 issue of (then) Nelson County Life Magazine. Click above to read more about that.

 a sample of the freshly boiled maple syrup this past Saturday - March 8, 2013 at The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen.

These ladies taste what will eventually become maple syrup this past Saturday – March 8, 2013 at The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen.

Diners enjoyed authentic maple syrup over their pancakes this past Saturday - March 8, 2013.

Diners enjoyed authentic maple syrup over their pancakes this past Saturday – March 8, 2013.

Sap from maple trees that will eventually become syrup, boils in pots outside The Nature Foundation At Wintergreen this past Saturday - March 8, 2014

Sap from maple trees that will eventually become syrup, boils in pots outside The Nature Foundation At Wintergreen this past Saturday – March 8, 2014

Paul tells us, “The sap as is comes out of the tree is clear and has the consistency of water. If you taste it (as I did) you will find it that it is just a hint of sweetness. As the sap is boiled over an extended period (about 8 hours) it then becomes the maple syrup we are all familiar with.”

And super yummy!

To learn more about what’s happening at The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen, click here.


Here’s our exclusive weather station at The Nature Foundation At Wintergreen. BRL in a partnership with The Nature Foundation maintains the station on Devils Knob, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week since 2007. Click on the graphic above to see more details from that station.

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