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Self-guided maple tour in Wayne County

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March 5, 2014

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Thinking spring? The fifth annual Wayne County Self-Guided Maple Tour is set for Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Maple sugaring has a long history in Wayne County. In the early days of Wayne County, many of the settlers used maple sugar as currency, to barter for goods, and some might have even paid for land with sugar. There are still many producers still making maple syrup in this area today. Learn more about today’s producers of maple syrup on the Self-Guided Maple Tour. Tour 10 area sugar bushes at your leisure to follow the maple syrup making process from the tree to your table. Along the way, pick up some locally produced, pure maple products.

This year, two area volunteer groups have joined the tour, offering pancake breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday featuring pure maple syrup. The Greene-Dreher Volunteer Fire Company will host a breakfast on Saturday in Newfoundland, and the Costello-Monahan-Brown American Legion Post 964 will host a breakfast on Sunday at the Pleasant Mount Emergency Services Hall.

The tour has been coordinated by the Wayne Conservation District, in partnership with the Wayne County Cooperative Extension and the Northeastern PA Maple Producers Association. For more information and a map of the tour to follow with your family at your own leisure, visit www.wayneconservation.org or contact Sarah Hall of the Wayne Conservation District at 570/253-0930.