Indulge your sweet tooth at Iowa maple syrup festivals

Maple Tree TappingSmooth, sticky and the perfect pour over a stack of flapjacks, maple syrup is one of nature’s sweetest gifts. Sap is harvested from maple trees by tapping into the trunks. The collected liquid is heated, water evaporates, and a thick syrup is left behind.

Sap collection takes place in early spring, and numerous festivals have popped up to celebrate the harvest. We’ve compiled a guide to maple syrup events across Iowa. Sweet! Continue reading

Maple Tree Tapping in Iowa

When you think of Iowa, maple syrup isn’t necessarily the first thing to come to mind. But did you know that maple syrup is one of the oldest agricultural crops and that early pioneers in Iowa would tap maple trees for their annual supply of sweetener? Continue reading