Come See How We Make Wisconsin Maple Syrup
Winter may seem long and cold to most of us in the Midwest, but it always comes to an end. One of the hallmark events that marks the transition from winter to spring in the Driftless Area is the tapping of the sugar maple trees, to produce some of the finest Wisconsin Maple Syrup. We take great pride in the locally produced foods found here, and look forward to this tantalizing treat every year. If you’ve never had the pleasure of seeing the sap harvest, now is a wonderful time to getaway to the Driftless Area. Take a stroll through the woods, visit our neighbors, see how many taps you can spot in the area, and wake up to a delicious breakfast featuring some of the finest Wisconsin Maple Syrup we have to offer, all when you stay at our beautiful Vacation Rental in the heart of the Driftless Area.
Delicious Wisconsin Maple Syrup
The combination of warmer spring days and cool wintry nights is an indicator of things to come, but this weather pattern also plays a critical role in sugaring, an important process in the production of delicious Wisconsin Maple Syrup. The best conditions for sugaring are cool nights, just below freezing, and fairly warm days. This particular weather pattern causes pressure changes in the tree, and the sap to flow. Walk through any forest of Sugar Maple trees in the area, and you’re bound to see taps in the tree, connected to hoses and buckets for collection of the sweet sap. Once the sap is collected, it is boiled and concentrated, resulting in the sweet breakfast accompaniment we all know and love.
At the Lonesome Hollow Homestead, we join in with neighbors and friends in this time-honored Wisconsin tradition, and each year we tap 30-40 local maple trees. With our highly unpredictable midwest springs, this can happen as early as January, or as late as April. Once the sap runs start, together with friends we will collect approximately 1200 gallons of sap, which ultimately produces about 30 gallons of carefully finished Wisconsin maple syrup. You can buy some of your own from these two excellent certified organic companies; Maple Valley organic maple cooperative based in Cashton, Wisconsin, and Kickapoo Gold based in Viroqua, Wisconsin. Book now for a mouthwatering visit to Driftless Wisconsin.
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15662 Vance Rd
Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin 54655
Our family stayed in mid-August. We had a very relaxing visit. The house is comfortable and the property is encircled by hills, making the experience a unique getaway. We enjoyed building bonfires each night, hanging out in the nice living room and taking the surprisingly lengthy hikes that are all on the property. Mornings started with coffee on the second story porch overlooking the meadow and hills, evenings ended with zero noise except that made by nature or our family. Each night there was a canopy of bright stars that weren't diluted by light pollution. We enjoyed hiking Wildcat Mountain, canoeing down the Kickapoo, roasting smores and hanging out. My son and I tried our luck at trout fishing in a nearby stream (Tainter?). It was an enjoyable, unique experience although we didn't catch anything. We'll be back.
- Dave, Eau Claire, WI