KIRTLAND, OH (WOIO) - The sign out front is almost completely covered with about 3 feet of snow. It should read Lake Metroparks Farmpark. The educational farm in Kirtland is as cold as it is buried in snow.
Farmpark is well-known for its
in early spring. When it comes to tapping maple trees for the sap, the season is now a week -- if not more -- behind schedule, because it's just too cold for the trees to release the liquid delight.
"With normal weather, what happens with the sap is during the warmer days, the sap will start crawling up the tree a little bit at a time. The cold nights, it will go back down into the roots," explains Andy McGovern, Farmpark events manager.
That up and down flow of sap is what allows the metal tube drilled into the side of the tree to start the flow. When tapped, maple trees should be dripping sap like a like a leaky faucet, producing a bucket full every eight to 10 hours. With weather like we've seen in February, it takes days to get one bucket of sap. Considering it takes 40 gallons of sap boiled down to to get one gallon of syrup, you better hold off on the pancakes.
"We'll twiddle our thumbs. Listen to Jeff on 19. I mean, it's just all about Mother Nature. That's what farming is. It's all about Mother Nature and whether or not she wants to cooperate," says McGovern.
Think of it as getting your blood pumping when you get hot. The sap is not pumping at all when we can't even get a single day above freezing, let alone consecutive days.