Want to know how to make maple syrup? Check out these Columbus events

As the days start getting longer, sap begins to flow in maple trees, and it’s time to celebrate the sweetness of maple syrup.

Those who would like to learn more about the history and science of maple sugaring in Ohio, and maybe get a taste of the final product along the way, have options throughout the Greater Columbus area in the next few weeks.

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Although it varies from year to year, traditionally, maple sugaring gets started in this area at the end of February, and winds up around the middle of March. Syrup enthusiasts can take part in local tours this weekend, and enjoy new ones during the next few weeks.

Sap has already started to flow in the sugar maples north of Columbus. Bonhomie Acres in Fredericktown has been tapping trees for four generations, and started transforming the sap into maple syrup on Feb. 12 this year.

How does this year look compared to other years?

“Ask me in six weeks!” said Dan Brown, one of the family farm’s owners. “It’s totally weather dependent. We have to have that alternating freezing and thawing, or the trees don’t flow.”

Closer to home, explorers can find several maple syrup events.

The Dawes Arboretum

Dawes Arboretum near Newark will hit the ground running with an adults-only event on Feb. 19, to be followed by public tours the following weekend.

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