Open house to plant memorial maple

When Dave Drewry was a young boy, he helped make maple syrup and that started a life-ling passion for producing high quality, good tasting syrup.

Dave passed away in December and in his honor, a maple tree from his woods, will be transplanted in front of the current Drewry Farms processing facility during their Annual Open House.

The tree planting will be at 2:30 pm. The 5th Annual Open House will be held at the Drewry Farms Maple Products processing and bottling facility located at W5762 Winooski Road, Plymouth, WI on Saturday, March 25 from 11 am to 3 pm.

Following the tradition of past open houses, free food samples include a pancake with Drewry Farms maple syrup, cinnamon & vanilla flavored maple syrups, ice cream sundaes with granola, Meisfeld’s breakfast sausage with Drewry Farms syrup, and Inthewoods Sugar Bush’s maple cream and popcorn made with maple pepper. Boy Scout Troop # 801 from Grace Episcopal Church in Sheboygan will be making & serving the pancakes and sausage.

A new vendor this year is Julie’s County Confections, who not only makes Drewry Farms Caramel Corns, but will have other popcorn snacks as well as their special candies and nuts.

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. All of these neighbors will have some of their other products for sale, too. Isela Aquirre will have her tasty maple syrup bunuelos for sale. People will be able to purchase all sizes of Drewry’s pure maple syrup in glass or plastic bottles, maple granola, as well as Inthewoods Sugar Bush’s granulated maple sugar, maple sugar candy, maple pepper & maple cream. There will be tours of the woods and the syrup producing facility. The Drewry Family has more than 6000 taps on suspended pipelines, use vacuum pumps, and collect maple sap in 4 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.

For the past 9 years, the family has been modernizing their facilities and improving their collection techniques in their more than 120 acres of managed woods. This year, 2 new pumps were added as well as new collection areas using stainless steel tanks. Ancestors of the Drewrys, coming from Vermont, settled & started to farm here in 1847 and 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. Many gift, health food stores and farmer’s markets sell their syrup.

Many restaurants in Sheboygan County & the Milwaukee area also use their syrup especially on their breakfast menus.

For over a century, maple sugar was the only sugar used by most of the people in the US.

Farmers made enough for themselves and also sold some to their neighbors.

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, and on Facebook.

There is nothing that tastes like the promise of spring than sap and pure maple syrup made from tapped maple trees.

And there is no better place to spend a beautiful spring day than visiting a local maple syrup producer and taking a walk in their woods seeing all the maple trees and learn how this wonderful product is produced.


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