Port Jefferson Station residents have a sweet treat ahead

January 29, 2014 by  

Residents of Port Jefferson Station who have a sweet tooth can indulge it next month. Benner’s Farm, which is located in Setauket, about five miles from PJS, has announced its Winter Homestead event.

At the Winter Homestead, visitors will learn how to collect maple tree sap and boil it, thus creating maple syrup. All the steps necessary to make the delicious topping will be demonstrated by experts at Brenner’s, which is a working farm. Participants will be able to visit the farm’s animals, then spend time in the woods, where they will learn how to tap the maple trees, what kind of trees are used to make syrup, and how to tell them from other species. They will also help to gather the sap, and are welcome to watch as the sap is boiled to make the syrup.

After working to help produce maple syrup, visitors to the farm can enjoy their hard work at a pancake breakfast, where they can pour the syrup they made onto their pancakes.

The day-long event is slated for February 22, and admission is $7.00 for adults, with seniors and children under 12 admitted for $6.00. Monies raised go to Homestead Arts Inc., a non-profit organization that helps raise awareness and interest in homesteading.

Event organizers could work with brochure printers to create a mailer for area residents, describing the day’s activities. They could include photos of the woods, the tapping process, and the finished product to create community interest.