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Get Outdoors: Making Maple Syrup

While the ground is still hard and frozen most farmers will have to wait a bit longer before planting seeds
But some farmers are already harvesting a sweet sap from the trees. In this week’s Get Outdoors Meteorologist Adam Lorch heads to Proctor to see how maple syrup is made.
“Close to 40 years, it started as a hobby and its gotten out of hand.”

You know you’re living life when your hobby becomes a sweet business. That’s exactly what Farmer Doug Hoffbauer is doing.
“We do a traditionally with bags and buckets I would fire evaporator, pretty much the same thing that has been done for a long time.” says Hoffbauer.
Doug, and his family, collect sap from about 500 taps on their property. He says the heavy snow made it a little tough to get out this year, but the taps are running well right now.
Hoffbauer said, “Yesterday we bottled up almost 10 gallons which was A lot, which was about 10% of our annual goal. We try to get 100 gallons a year, that’s what we wish we get.”
And as with any farmer, the weather plays a critical role in how well his harvest goes.
“Looking for sunny, high barometric pressure, 40° in the day, 25 at night that’s what’s perfect to drive the sap up in the day and down at night.” said Hoffbauer.
On the day I was at the farm, Farmer Doug was also hosting a group of young kids with the Early Childhood Family Education program in Duluth.
The kids got to see how the whole operation from start to finish.
Hoffbauer says, “I tried to instill some the things that I learned from going from 20 taps to this on this particular topic.”
Hoffbauer says he enjoys teaching our children about the importance of knowing where your food comes from.
“I want the kids of our community to connect with their food to see where it comes from and their parents as well.” said Hoffbauer.

Meteorologist Adam Lorch

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