All are invited and encouraged to take home maple sap from the community sugar bush in the playground on our campus. These trees are tapped each year in order to provide an educational way for the community to try maple sugaring for free and learn about maple trees. You can take home the sap and either boil it down to make maple syrup or use the watery direct-from-the-tree sap in recipes.
Beginners are very much welcome to participate, and we have food grade buckets available for you to borrow if you don't have a container to carry home your sap. This link will teach you what you need to know about identifying food grade buckets.
Community member, Jennifer Benson, has put together this helpful video and slide deck which provides all you need to know about collecting sap at Open Spirit and what to do with it once you have collected it.
Maple Sap Collecting
We are tapping the maple trees at Open Spirit!
Slides from Jennifer's presentation
After you have collected sap, we'd appreciate it if you would fill out the form below to help us keep track of how much sap is collected this season.
Please help Open Spirit by making a donation to support programming like this.
Checks can be made payable to Open Spirit and mailed to 39 Edwards Street, Framingham, MA 01701.
Recipes for Maple Water
Maple Water Herbal Iced Tea
Shrimp Soup with Maple Water Broth
Maple Water Miso Soup with Tofu and Vegetables
How to boil sap into syrup