(Published Feb. 26, 2007, 10:38 a.m.)
The maple sap is running and the Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago is ready to celebrate National Maple Syrup month.
As part of the Maple Fest The Elegant Farmer hosts maple syrup demonstrations by Peter Hatlestad, nature director at Covenant Harbor on Saturdays, March 3, 10 and 17 from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.
He will showcase the process from the raw sap collected from the trees through the boiling and finished product to taste.
"The first sign of spring on the farm, long before the robin is seen, is when the sugar maple tree sap starts to flow," Elegant Farmer owner, John Bauer was quoted as saying in a news release.
"It is the time when the farmers take to the woods with bucket in hand to tap and collect the tree's sap from which delicious maple syrup is made. We invite you to enjoy the sweetness and come for the Maple Fest throughout March at the Elegant Farmer."
Genuine maple syrup is made from nature, from the sap of sugar maple trees and harvested in the very early spring when the days are warmer but the nights are still frosty.
When tapped, syrups are labeled different grades by color from grade A, featuring light, medium or dark amber and grade B, which is collected late in the season and is heavier in flavor and very dark in color.
The United States produces 14 percent of the world's maple syrup amounting to 45 million gallons in 2006.
"Families always enjoy seeing where their favorite foods come from and how they are made," tells Farmer John. "From teaching people about apple varieties or family fun maple syrup making demonstrations, The Elegant Farmer is committed to passing on the gifts of goodness from the farm to our community."
The Elegant Farmer is open year round September-May 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and June-August 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
For more information or call (262) 363-6770 or visit www.elegantfarmer.com