3/10 & 11/2018 Maple Sugar Time Festival

posted Feb 10, 2018, 10:22 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Feb 10, 2018, 10:23 AM ]
Enjoy a taste of spring at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's 40th annual Maple Sugar Time festival. The farm will be bustling with maple sugaring activities from 10:00 am– 4:00 pm on the weekend March 10-11.

One-hour tours start every 20 minutes each day. Learn how American Indians first boiled maple sap into sugar and how early settlers used large iron kettles to make syrup. Then, stand in the warm steam of the sugar shack where sap is still boiled down the way the Chellberg family did it back in the 1930s. Try your hand at drilling a tap hole, lugging heavy sap buckets using an old-fashioned yoke, or just enjoying a free taste of pure maple syrup!

Warm up in the farm house and collect recipes featuring maple syrup. Pure maple syrup and sugar, and related products like maple-flavored popcorn and maple water, will be for sale on site. You can even learn how to make maple syrup at home and how modern maple sugar farmers use advanced technology to make syrup today.

Chellberg Farm is located on Mineral Springs Road between U.S. Highway 20 and U.S. Highway 12 in Porter, Indiana. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/indu.