Maple Syrup Season in Minnesota – A Delicious Time of Year
Is your favorite part of pancakes the maple syrup topping? If so, get ready for maple syrup season in Minnesota. Here in the land of 10,000 lakes, March is maple syrup month. Sap usually runs from about March 15 to April 20.
To get pure maple syrup requires boiling down the sap of the maple tree. Pure maple syrup is produced in the northern United States and Canada during the early spring months. Minnesota is one of seventeen states and three provinces in Canada that produce pure maple syrup on a commercial scale. Our state isn’t a huge producer, but we do produce around 13,000 gallons per year. Even so, that is less than 1% of the maple market.
Minnesota has four types of native maple trees that grow large enough to tap for syrup: red, sugar, silver maples, and boxelder. The sugar maple is the favorite of syrup makers because its sap is the sweetest of the different maple trees.
Many Minnesota state parks offer syrup-making events in March. You can watch the event calendar at this link for upcoming events!