Project aims to make local maple syrup more available

Mar 22, 2024, 6:00 AM

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KSL Greenhouse Hosts Maria Shilaos and Taun Beddes spoke with USU Graduate Researcher and project lead Jesse Mathews about increasing access to local maple syrup and what to expect at the upcoming Maple Syrup Festival. (Canva)


SALT LAKE CITY – Can you buy local maple syrup? You can, but it’s not easy. Utah State University is trying to change that with the Maple Tree Tapping Project.

KSL Greenhouse Hosts Maria Shilaos and Taun Beddes spoke with USU Graduate Researcher and project lead Jesse Mathews about increasing access to local maple syrup and what to expect at the upcoming Maple Syrup Festival.


The sap that comes directly from the tree only has about 2% sugar. This is often enough for maple enthusiasts but would offend most folks’ breakfast tables since the average maple syrup has 67% sugar.

It takes about 40 gallons of sap to make a gallon of syrup. Accordingly, it’s a lot of boiling time. When asked if the process of extracting sap hurts the maple tree, Jesse said it doesn’t. If done correctly, the tree likely doesn’t even notice a tapping taking place.

How to tap a tree

Jesse explains that you only need three things to tap a tree for maple sap: a spile, a bucket with a lid, and a drill. Make a small hole with a drill bit and hammer in the spile. The bucket’s handle should hook on, and the lid should be used for protection.

For those looking to get started on tapping their own trees to create maple syrup, Jesse recommends checking out this article from USU Extension.

Maple Syrup Festival

Finally, maple syrup enjoyers can rejoice! There is an upcoming Maple Syrup Festival at Lauritzen Field at 1151 S Loafer Dr, Woodland Hills, UT 84653 on April 20 starting at 10 a.m.

Mark your calendars to purchase local maple syrup and sap-based products. It will be held on the third Saturday of April every year at the same location.

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