Short and Sweet: Sap Season Has Begun Near Algona

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ALGONA, Iowa — The maple sap is running from trees in Smith’s Wildlife Area south of Algona.

Each spring the Kossuth County Conservation Board runs the operation, which takes sap from maple trees and boils it into sweet maple syrup.

“We do it the old fashioned way we hang a bucket on a tree and turn it into sweet maple syrup,” said Bruce Meurer, a volunteer for the Kossuth County Conservation Board.  “It’s good on pancakes, waffles and surprising really good on ice cream.”

The Cozy Grove Sugar Shack began it boiling the sap last weekend. Officials have school groups scheduled to visit this week.

The Shack was built in the 1940s by Slim Smith.  His family gave the ground to the Kossuth County Conservation Board with one stipulation: the county continue the maple syrup operation.

“Ideally, we like the weather conditions, to be below freezing at night and above freezing during the day,” said Billie Wille, Kossuth County Naturalist. The tree then will send the sap up through the root system, then at night when it cools down it will go back into the root system.”

For information on when they are cooking sap, check the Kossuth County Conservation Facebook site.

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