By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to DoorCountyNavigator.com
Celebrate the maple syrup harvest when you visit the Door Peninsula during March and April.
When temperatures dip below freezing at night and rise above freezing during the day, the time is ideal for tapping maple trees for sap.
"It should not be too cold at night," said Donna Jorns of the natural conditions necessary. "There are a lot of things one needs to look at."
Donna and Roland Jorns own Jorns Sugar Bush, 4518 Cty. T, Egg Harbor. Here, thousands of maple trees on the 200-acre property are tapped, syrup is made in the rustic sugar house and homemade products are sold.
Roland, who has been making maple syrup for 69 years, is an expert to be sure. He aims for pure and light-colored maple syrup.
"Pure maple syrup is exactly that-100% maple syrup, nature's sweetest gift," he said. "No additives, colorings or preservatives, nothing artificial. Nothing but the unique, delicious pure flavor of maple which results from boiling down the water-like sap of the maple tree."
Jorns brand syrup has earned awards from the North American Maple Syrup Council, and Roland has held leadership positions with the organization as well.
The syrup is sold in various sizes and containers at Peninsula stores and markets in addition to Jorns Sugar Bush. It costs $44.50 a gallon (prices varying in harmony with the harvest).
And my goodness, the couple has many tasty ideas for using that big gallon. Maple syrup is delicious on pancakes, French toast, grapefruit, cereal, ice cream, pudding, baked apples or beans, according to Roland. Instead of sugar, use maple syrup in recipes for cookies, pumpkin pie, apple pie and applesauce, Donna advised.
Find out more about Jorns maple syrup at www.JornsSugarBush.com, by calling 920-868-3161 or by visiting Jorns Sugar Bush, 4518 County Road T, Egg Harbor.
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