|Stocked shelves in The Orebed Sugar Shack|
“We’re for the kids, to educate the kids. Cause that’s your future in the business.” Introducing younger generations to the woods that collect sap is much more than just a learning experience about maple syrup.The exposure encourages kids to learn about native insects, identify tracks left by various animals of the area, and discover how to classify trees.
|The traditional method to make maple syrup shown during Maple Weekends|
A note from Gloria:
In the spirit of full disclosure, I wanted to let you know that Lori Jenness is my cousin! So, when intern Jenna picked the Orebed Sugar Shack out of the Local Food Guide as someone she wanted to profile for Farmer Friday, I kind of chuckled, but then thought, "why not?"
Lori's dad and my dad were brothers and along with a couple of other family members owned Crystal Rock Maple Producers in Fowler when we were kids. So Lori and I grew up the maple business, back in the days when we were not only collecting sap in buckets, but at least some of time, doing it with a horse-drawn gathering wagon. (Yes, I really am that old. But Lori is younger!)
It's a joy to celebrate this family tradition with Lori and Jeff every year during the Maple Weekends and to share it with all of you via my work at GardenShare!