We are so excited to launch this project as we feel that it really captures the heart of our mission statement here at Convivium which is to “create community around food.”
Here is the idea: We recruit 10 to 15 families who have at least one maple tree in their yard. Sometime during the week of March 4 to 10, representatives from Convivium will visit you at your home to verify the maple tree, tap it for you and drop off some buckets for collecting the sap.
When the sap begins to run, you will be responsible for collecting the sap and dropping it off at Convivium. We will have an easily accessible drop off location. We are not sure exactly the dates of the sap run – it happens when the daytime temperature consistently reaches 40 to 50 degrees and nighttime temperature drop to below freezing. The window for this type of weather is typically between March 1 and April 15, but it can vary.
Also something to keep in mind: A productive tree can produce up to 15 gallons of sap a day. This isn’t necessarily typical, but it could happen.
Convivium staff will consolidate everyone’s sap and begin to boil it down in to syrup. (It takes approximately 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup.) We will alert you of these cooking dates, but you do not have to participate if you choose not to.
The community mapling project will culminate on April 22, when we will hold a boiling demonstration and pancake breakfast at Convivium. All participants in the project will also get to take some syrup home with them!
If you are interested in or have any questions, please email Leslie Shalabi at Convivium (firstname.lastname@example.org).