Guess how old this sugar maple tree, referred to as “Grandpappy Maple” is? Would you believe it is estimated to be somewhere between 200 and 300 years old! In the next photo, four children were measured to visualize the width of a tree in which the maximum number being four taps, would be allowed to be drilled for sap. And the next photo shows how each of our Casa 4 children got to experience the drilling process. The last photo, demonstrates how the aboriginal’s who first discovered the “sweet water” sap made Maple Syrup. They collected the sap and poured it into the hollowed out tree trunk, which they carved themselves. Then they continuously heated several rocks and placed them into the sap until it thickened into the consistency of Maple Syrup, a process which took them 7 days for a very minimal amount of Maple Syrup.
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