February and March mark the beginning of maple sugaring season. Strawberry Hill will soon begin tapping close to 50 red maple trees and harvesting their sap. At the end of the season, we will boil down our daily collection of sap to make sweet maple syrup.
Maple sugaring has a long history here in Pennsylvania. While there are many stories explaining the discovery of the sugary-syrup, one of the most well-known is the Legend of Chief Woksis. It was actually the chief’s wife who reportedly discovered maple syrup while preparing venison during the “Season of the Melting Snow.” The legend recounts: