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Maple Sugar

When you think of making maple syrup, you probably think of people wearing flannel coats crunching their way through a snowy woods in Vermont, but not Southern Illinois. Glenn Wright of rural Pomona shares how he turned his casual interest in making maple syrup into a demanding yet rewarding pastime. When Wright wants some maple syrup for his morning flapjacks, he can pour his own homemade syrup produced from the trees growing in the woods around his house. Wright explains that from mid-February through mid-March, the sap starts flowing when the nighttime temperatures dip below freezing and the daytime mercury climbs into the 40s and 50s F. He demonstrates how to tap into this resource and create tasty maple syrup that the whole family can enjoy around the breakfast table.

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