Maple Syrup Open House is March 10, 2019.
Free pancake breakfast with real, homemade, pure maple syrup compliments of our hard-working maple season volunteers! Visit the Sugar Shack, enjoy homemade ice cream, tour a camp cabin, and send kids to camp when you buy some syrup to take home with you.
10 am : Open House Begins
12 noon - 3 pm : FREE sausage and pancakes served with real maple syrup
3 pm : Tours continue, or enjoy the trails of this 250 acre property on your own
See you there!
Buy, Distribute, or help Harvest Pure Maple Syrup at Pleasant Hill Outdoor Camp
Through the generosity of Dick and Betty Jo Wiles (Dick serves on our Board of Trustees) and their committed volunteers, Pleasant Hill produces its own yearly supply of pure Maple Syrup. We sell large and small quantities to individuals and businesses and use the syrup in our camp kitchen year round. We are lucky at Pleasant Hill to have a perfect hill on which to tap trees. This allows our system to primarily run on gravity flow. We also have a vacuum pump to help keep the low spots flowing.
Volunteers can contribute in several ways:
- Assist in the syrup making process. Wood cutting, splitting, line maintenance and bottling.
- Buy our syrup for use in your own home or to give away as gifts. BUY SYRUP ONLINE HERE
- Distribute syrup at local markets, retailers, or churches and return the proceeds back to the camp.
1. Maple trees are tapped with one to three taps per tree depending on the size of the tree. The taps are hooked together, then the trees are linked into larger tubes which feed into one main line.
2. Through this system, the sap runs into two 500 gallon stainless steel tanks. From the tanks, the sap flows into the evaporator which sits on a custom built wood fired stove, built by Aaron & Dick Baird. The sap is boiled down into syrup using fallen and dead trees culled from over 200 acres of woods.
3. Our evaporator is custom built and donated by Morton Salt. The entire finishing process is housed in our syrup barn at the foot of the hill.
4. When the sap has boiled down almost completely it is filtered, finished and bottled. It takes about 50 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup.
5. We sell the finished product and use it in our camp kitchen year round. It is served with our pancake breakfast and flavors many of our camp dishes such as our maple glazed ham, baked beans and more.