Maple-infused fun

Tree to Table Pancake Feed slated for March 3

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO The first annual Tree to Table Pancake Feed hosted at Grimes Farm and Conservation Center will be held Saturday, March 3 from 7-10 a.m., sponsored by the Noon Kiwanis. MCCB staff have been spending time tapping trees in Grammer Grove County Wildlife Area, collecting and boiling the sap to then turn into maple syrup.

Homemade pancakes with genuine, locally harvested maple syrup.

This is the fare that will be offered during the first annual Tree to Table Pancake Feed hosted at Grimes Farm and Conservation Center on Saturday, March 3 from 7-10 a.m., sponsored by the Noon Kiwanis.

“This is our maiden voyage offering this,” said Marshall County Conservation Board Director Mike Stegmann. “Maple syrup is one of these ‘wild edibles’ people don’t know are available in Marshall County, and a treat Mother Nature provides us.”

MCCB staff have been spending time tapping trees in Grammer Grove County Wildlife Area, collecting and boiling the sap to then turn into maple syrup. Stegmann noted that sap flows freely when daytime temperatures go above the freezing point, and drop below freezing at nighttime. Syrup made by the MCCB staff last year will be used for the pancake feed, while this year’s syrup will be used for events in 2019.

“You can put the syrup in a jar and keep it on a shelf for 10 years without it going bad,” Stegmann explained.

Pancakes made by the Noon Kiwanis will be served.

“We approached them for advice on preparing pancakes because they have so much experience doing it, but they offered to make them,” he said.

In addition to enjoying the meal (which also includes two sausage links and a drink) attendees will learn about the maple syrup making process.

Tickets to attend the event are $6 a person in advance, and $7 at the door, while supplies last, and are available at Grimes Farm, the Marshall County Courthouse Board of Supervisors office, and at the Chamber of Commerce office located in the Fisher Community Center.

Proceeds will go toward acquiring playground equipment at Grammer Grove. For more information, contact Grimes Farm at (641) 752-5490.

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Contact Sara Jordan-Heintz at 641-753-6611 or sjordan@timesrepublican.com