I’m a big believer in learning from the source. It’s good to learn from books, but much better to learn from experiencing or observing things first-hand. Check out your local area for free to low cost events that might be happening around you. You might be surprised at what you might find.
Yesterday we went to a local county park to learn about tapping trees for maple syrup. It was a free public event and it only cost us the cost of a ride.
We started out the tour learning about how trees are tapped for maple syrup. You can head out over to my other blog, The Exploration Station, to learn more about the process.
We saw some neat buildings too, like the sugar shack, where they cook the maple sap to reduce the water content and make maple syrup.
This building, with the nonfunctional water wheel, which has a grist mill for making cornmeal.
This view will be quite lovely come summer time.
We didn’t actually get to see the mill in use, but we did get to purchase a couple of sacks of corn meal.
We’ll be going back in May to hopefully see them demonstrate the process of making cornmeal.