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October 21, 2016
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Learn how to make maple syrup in your own backyard

PORT JERIVS, NY — The Hub at The Port Jervis Free Library will present a program for beginners who want to experiment with producing maple syrup from the trees in their own yard on Saturday, February 8 at 10 a.m. The program will be presented by environmental educator and teacher in the Port Jervis School District, Scott Reichert.

Maple syrup is among the oldest natural food products in North America. Folklore credits Native Americans with the discovery of this flavorful natural sweetener and European settlers with adopting and refining the practice. During the presentation, you will learn which trees are the best to tap and how to identify them, the basic equipment needed and where to get it, and the methods of boiling the sap into syrup. Reichert will also cover the do’s and don’ts and the many ways you can use your own maple syrup this spring.

Pre-registration is required. To reserve your place, call 845/772-7586, email, or stop in and register in person. The Hub is located in the basement of the Port Jervis Free Library, 138 Pike St.