How can you take part in Northern Michigan’s local foods movement and enjoy the North’s beautiful outdoors? By cooking up your own homemade maple syrup! With a few tools of the trade and a maple tree in the backyard, you’re just a few easy steps from coating your waffles and cakes in homemade maple syrup. It’s the tastiest DIY project you could tackle this spring, and there’s still time to get cooking, as weather forecasts call for temperatures ideal for streaming sap. MyNorth videographer Kris Riley documented Jodi Simpson—Traverse, Northern Michigan Magazine’s favorite circulation manager—as she explained the ins and outs of gathering sap from two gorgeous maples behind her downtown Traverse City home and boiling the raw sap down to sweet, amber-colored syrup. It’s a not-to-be-missed video for any Northern Michigan food lover.
Tip: Most farm and feed stores carry maple syrup taps—or find them for sale on the web.