Maple syrup day features backyard tapping talk

Featured this year at Drewry Farms Maple Products 5th Annual Open House, will be Jim & Angela Schumacher giving a talk about “Tapping the Maple Trees in Your Backyard”. The Open House will be held at the Drewry Farms Maple Products processing and bottling facility located at W5762 Winooski Road, Plymouth, Saturday, March 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Schumachers own Smoky Lake Maple Products where they fabricate many metal items including the Drewry’s evaporator pans.

They will give presentations at 12 noon and 2 p.m. and will also offer for sale equipment that is needed to tap trees.

Following the tradition of past open houses, free food samples include a pancake with Drewry Farms maple syrup, cinnamonand vanilla-flavored maple syrups, granola and caramel corn made with Drewry Farms maple syrup, Meisfeld’s Maple Syrup Breakfast Sausage with Drewry Farms syrup, and Sugar In the Woods Maple Cream will be served by Boy Scout Troop 801 from Grace Episcopal Church in Sheboygan.

Apple cider maple grog with cider from Log Cabin Orchard will also be available for sampling along with D’s Creations’ cookies with maple syrup frosting and samples of Parkview General Store’s maple caramel corn.

All of these neighbors will have some of their other products for sale, too. Isela Aquirre will have her Maple Syrup Bunuelos for sale. Back by popular demand will be Drewry’s First Run Syrup, the lightest and most delicate syrup reminding of those first early days of spring. People will be able to purchase all sizes of Drewry’s Pure Maple Syrup bottles; maple granola; as well as Sugar In the Woods granulated maple sugar; maple sugar candy; maple pepper and maple cream; and Maple Hollow’s Bar-b-que sauces.

There will be special activities for kids as well as tours of the woods and syrup producing facility. The Drewry Family has more than 5,000 taps on suspended pipelines. Using vacuum pumps they collect maple sap in four different locations. The sap is then transported to the maple syrup house located at the bottom of their hill on Winooski Road. Sap is then run through a reverse osmosis machine before it is boiled down on their evaporator before it is bottled.

Dave and Ruth Drewry, patriarchs of the family, have been passing down their experience and knowledge to their four children, their spouses and some of their grandchildren as well as some nieces and nephews who have also joined in. For the past eight years, the family has been modernizing their facilities and improving their collection techniques in their more than 120 acres of managed woods.

Ancestors of the Drewrys, coming from Vermont, settled and started to farm here in 1847. They probably brought their maple syrup making knowledge with them and started tapping some of the maple trees. Over the years, the sugar maple forest has been nurtured and has grown to produce enough sap, after it is made into syrup, to be sold throughout southern Wisconsin gift and health food stores and at farmer’s markets as well as in many restaurants.

For over a century, maple sugar was the only sugar used by most of the people in the US. Research is now finding that maple syrup has compounds that possess anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which have been shown to fight cancer, diabetes and bacterial illnesses.

For more details about the open house, maple products, sales and tours, Drewry Farms Maple Products can be contacted through their website at: www.drewryfarmsmaple.com or call (920) 893-5189. You can also find them on Facebook.


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