Sometimes there is snow on the ground and the nights are cold. Sometimes the snow is thawed and the daytime temperatures are above freezing. That’s the time to collect maple sap to make sweet confections.
While John was teaching his son how to steward prairies, I invited Denille, Olivia and Alexis Conklin to Blue Heron Ministries’ LaTierra Sanctuary to carry on the late winter tradition of tapping maple trees. The sun was shining and the sap was flowing strongly. The girls got a taste of the maples’ first offerings.