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Homemade maple syrup

Quick facts

  • Four species of maple can be used for sap production in Minnesota. Sugar maple is a popular choice for its sweet sap.
  • Making maple syrup requires minimal equipment.
  • Collect and boil down sap as soon as possible for high-quality syrup.
  • Complete tapping by mid-February in central and southern Minnesota and by the second week of March in the northern part of the state.

Maple syrup and maple sugar are among the oldest agricultural products in the United States, and until recently have strictly been a sideline farm crop in many areas. But with the use of tubing, reverse osmosis and redesigned evaporators, commercial full-time operations are common. Hobby operations can often expand into commercial operations.

Getting started

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Tapping the tree

To get the earliest runs of sap, complete tapping by mid-February in central and southern Minnesota and by the second week of March in the northern part of the state.

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Making syrup

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Carl Vogt, emeritus Extension forester

Reviewed in 2019

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