March is Maple Syrup Month & Pancake TIME!

pannycakeSpring is when the sap starts to rise and the buckets and syrup lines come out! What is sap? Simply put, sap is the sugar that trees produce and store over winter months. In the spring, with the right day and night temperatures the sap starts to rise, bringing energy and life back to the tree to produce leaf and flower buds. By tapping trees, either with the old fashioned buckets, or newer pipelines, we can collect the sap on its way up the tree, and then cook it down into sweet, delicious syrup. Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) trees are named just for that reason. They have a sweet sap which when cooked down produces syrup which can range in color based on how it is processed.

This means that it is also time for all you can eat pancake breakfasts! Although pancake breakfasts are held throughout Geauga County, and surrounding areas, we have listed a few local pancake breakfasts below, and we would like to thank Richard’s Maple Products for supporting our events in the past! They not only carry maple syrup, but also spreads, candy, BBQ sauce, and they even once carried a maple vinaigrette dressing (but you may have to call and ask about that!).

Tappin’ Sunday – March 6th
(1:00pm – 3:00pm)
A ceremonial Tapping of the Maple Trees on Chardon Square
This will be your first chance to buy the first maple stirs of the season. Our official “tapper” will tap the tree with our commemorative bucket handed painted by local artist Bob Kolcum. Chardon Square (440) 286-3007

Sunday, March 13th
Tree Tapping Ceremony – Burton
Come celebrate the official start of the Maple Syrup Season by learning how maple trees are tapped and then tap your own! Free hot chocolate and donuts!
Sponsored by Burton Chamber of Commerce

Maple Demonstrations
Maple Candy & Cream making demonstrations most Sundays at the Log Cabin on the square. Syrup making demonstrations, weather permitting.
Sponsored by Burton Chamber of Commerce

SUNDAY, February 21st – May 22nd
(10:00am – 2:00pm)
Punderson Manor All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast
Tucked between winter and spring is ‘Sugaring Season’. Its length varies and is totally dependent on Mother Nature, and it is definitely one of the sweetest seasons in which to visit.
Punderson Manor State Park Lodge 440-564-9144

SUNDAY, February 14, 21, 28
(8:30am – 12:30pm)
Newbury School Pancake Breakfast
Newbury Kiwanis Club

SATURDAY – March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
(9am to 1:30pm)
Pancakes & Sausage Breakfast
Burton American Legion

SATURDAY – March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
(9am to 2pm)
Pancake Breakfast
Century Village Museum

SATURDAY – March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
(8am to 1:30pm)
Pancakes & Omelets Breakfast + Craft Sale
Sponsored by the Burton/Middklefield Rotary
Berkshire High School

SATURDAY – March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
(9am to 3pm)
Pancakes & Sausage Breakfast
Burton Fire Station

SUNDAY – March 6th, 13th, 20th
(9am – 12:30pm)
AYCE Pancakes (plain, blueberry, apple) Sausage or bacon, home fries, eggs, toast and OJ, coffee or tea. Children’s portions available.
Pancake Breakfast AYCE 2016
Fraternal Order of Eagles Chardon Area Woman’s Auxiliary 440-286-9921

SUNDAY – March 6th, 13th, 20th
Pancake Breakfast
Adults $7.00 Children $3.50
(early bird 8:00AM- 9:00 AM Adults $6.50 Children $3.25)
Pancake Breakfast
West Geauga Kiwanis Club