By: Brenna Bartley, Coordinator – Educational Programming (Crawford Lake & Mountsberg)
Did you know that the very first snowfall of the season fell in the GTA on November 1st? Fortunately, at Conservation Halton we love all the amazing recreational opportunities the snow brings to our parks. We enthusiastically embrace all the skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing we can get.
But, c’mon old man winter, it’s time to relinquish your icy grasp…by March 1 we will have had 4 solid months of cold and snow. Happily, from February 28th until April 5th a new season is in town… Maple season, that is!
During the coming weeks, the Mountsberg sugar bush will ring out with the steely tapping of spiles into sugar maple heartwood and Maple Town will come into being. It’s a cold job tromping through the snow, drill and hammer in hand, to tap over 600 trees. Nothing warms a body tip to toe faster than a nice hot drink. To get you (and us!) through the freeze and thaw from winter to spring, we are starting our annual maple recipe posts with something warm to wrap your hands around.
This Maple Town Soother recipe is flexible; you can double it for company or feel free to add your own twist to the ingredients. Substituting a dash of cinnamon and a handful of frozen berries for the citrus makes for an equally warm and tasty drink. It’s amazing what you can create with a little maple syrup and some hot water.
Stay warm and stay tuned to this blog for more maple recipes to come throughout the month of March. For more information on how to enjoy Maple Season in our Halton Parks look for Mountsberg’s Maple Town and Crawford Lake’s Sweetwater Season at conservationhalton.ca/events. Or follow this link for a sneak peek into a day at Maple Town.
The “Maple Town” Soother
1 generous slice lemon (or 1 tbsp lemon juice)
1 generous slice orange (or 1 tbsp orange juice)
2 thin slices fresh ginger
1 tbsp pure maple syrup (or to taste)
1 ½ c boiling water
Place the first four ingredients into a mug and pour boiling water over top. Mix and allow to steep for 3-5 minutes. Remove the lemon, orange, and ginger, and enjoy!