March Means Maple Syrup

by Joanna Rocke | Mar 4, 2024 | 0 comments

Month of March Writing Third Place Winner

maple syrup boiling
Photo © Ethan Rocke.

The oozing mud was over a foot deep, and I was stuck in the middle of it. Revving the engine several times only dug us deeper, and we knew we were trapped. My dad and I had been heading out on the ATV to collect sap for my brothers, Micah and Ethan, when we succumbed to the dark mud. Thankfully, my dad knew what to do, and we slowly winched it out. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the only time it occurred…it also happened when I was taking my older sister out to see the taps. This year, we didn’t tap those treacherous woods, so we will hopefully avoid repeating the unpleasant event.

Melting snow, mud, and maple syrup sum up March for us in the terrific state of Wisconsin. In March, the weather warms up to 30’s and 40’s, bringing feelings of new life and fresh beginnings. There is something thrilling and special about this season. Birds begin to sing happy songs, the trees bud, and my brothers get syrup fever. We collect, boil, and bottle many gallons of sap and syrup.

Last year, Micah tactfully convinced my dad to let them convert one of our sheds into a sugar shack, which included drilling several rather large holes through it. Over the years, they have significantly expanded their business and equipment. I get to help them with the process and visit them often in the sugar shack. Maple syrup season is a great time for me to be with and make memories with Ethan and Micah.

After we collect the sap, we run it through an RO (reverse osmosis) to remove some of the water. From there, it is off to the evaporator pans to boil the rest of the water out. It boils for several long hours, and then it is ready to be drawn off. You just take a few gallons at a time. Meanwhile, new sap is constantly entering the pan. My brothers bottle it in the house. Bottling is a somewhat complicated process.

Maple syrup season usually lasts a month, but Wisconsin weather is never entirely predictable, so the exact time varies from year to year.

I’m glad God has given us this season in Wisconsin that is perfect for making maple syrup. It’s not only fun, but it is also making good use of the resources God has given us in nature. And once you start eating pure maple syrup, you can’t go back to the corn syrup stuff.

Browse Categories

Help Your Family Explore the Wonders of God's Creation

Full color magazine delivered to your door + digital access. Subscribe now for just $5 a month!

Buy Magazine: $5/month

Buy Magazine + Study Guide: $7.50/month

Buy Gift Subscription