RiveredgeMaple Sugarin'

Everything's sweeter during Maple Sugarin' season.

No one does maple sugaring like Riveredge. 

We see maple sugarin’ as a time to celebrate the changing of the seasons, teach about the wonders of the forest and trees around us, and experience the pure magic of turning a byproduct of nature into a delicious treat.

Maple sugarin’ season has something for everyone. Whether you’re a scout troop looking to learn just how this syrup stuff is made, an individual looking to learn how you can tap the trees in your own backyard for fun or profit, or a family looking to celebrate the season at a special festival or supper, we’ve got something we’re sure you’re going to love.

40 year history.

With over 40 years of experience, we've got maple sugarin' in our blood. Join the maple sugarin' family and experience the decades old traditions that have formed. Can you say pancake and a... pickle?

Full production bush.

This is no demo area! With around 400 trees tapped each year, we’re a full production bush making actual maple syrup to feast on. Pick up the finished product any time of year in our gift shop!

Events galore!

When we say season, we mean season! We've got events for all ages and focuses- check the schedule for 2017 out below and be sure to join us for the festivities!

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March 25, 10 AM - 3 PM

Maple Sugarin' Festival

Riveredge’s Maple Sugarin’ Festival will take you on a journey through the sugarbush where you will experience the maple sugarin’ season like never before. Along the way, you’ll learn how to tap a maple tree, observe live demonstrations, participate in hands-on activities, enjoy music, games, and much more! When you reach the evaporator, you’ll see how sap is transformed into syrup and enjoy our famous pancakes and 100% pure Riveredge maple syrup. Lunch & refreshments are available for purchase. 
 
This year's festival activities include: a live blacksmith branding demonstration, syrup tasting, historical legends and experiences, indoor crafts and games, make your own pancake mix, tree tapping treks, music and more!

April 2, 9 AM - 1 PM

Pancake Breakfast

Morning never felt so good. A unique treat featuring Riveredge’s 100% pure maple syrup, “all you can eat” pancakes made with organic flour along with ham, coffee, and other beverages. With a live band, expect a party! Dress for the weather as the event held outdoors at the evaporator in Riveredge’s Sugarbush.

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March 2 OR 3, 5:30 - 8:30 PM

Maple Syrup Suppers

Riveredge members (and any guests they’d like to bring with them!) are invited to to eatdrink, and be merry while learning more about the sugaring season and getting a special night tour of the evaporator!

  • On the menu: maple roasted chicken quarters, baked squash with maple syrup, roasted potatoes, Maple Dijon Brussels leaf salad and assorted deserts
  • Bottoms up: Your first beer, wine, or soda is on us!
  • Get those toes tapping: One of our favorite bands, Embedded Reporter will be on hand to play their unique blend of folk, blues, country, and more.

February 25, 9 - 11:30 AM

Maple Sugarin' For Fun and Profit

Maple sugaring on a small scale is a great way to welcome spring! It’s easy, fun and a great educational activity. Even with just a few trees, you can make enough syrup for gifts for friends and family. In this adult-oriented class, join the Riveredge staff to see the sugaring process from beginning to end. Learn how to identify and tap a maple; collect and boil down the sap; and how to finish off and bottle the syrup!

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February 25, 1 to 2:30 PM

Tapping the Sugarbush

Help us prepare for the sugarin’ season by tapping the maple trees in Riveredge’s sugar bush. We need people to drill the holes, tap in the spiles and hang the buckets. When it’s maple sugarin’ time, spring can’t be far behind! (This event is great fun for the whole family!)

March 11, 9:45-11:30AM • 12-1:45PM • 2:15-4PM

Maple Sugarin’ for Scouts & Youth Groups

The sap is running and sugarin’ time is here! Join a naturalist for a guided tour of the sugarbush, tap a tree, collect sap and gather around the evaporator to see how boiling sap becomes syrup. Enjoy the final product on a pancake before heading for home.

Three time slots are available, but this event fills fast each year! For more information or to sign your scout or youth group up, please call Cassie at 262-416-1364.

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Thank you to our sponsors!

Maple sugarin' season wouldn't be nearly as sweet without the help of our generous sponsors. 

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