THURMAN - Maple sugar weekends are well under way in Thurman and a group of Minerva Central School pre-kindergarten students recently saw first hand what it takes to bring the sweet treat to their tables.
The class was invited by Mike Hill of Valley Road Maple Farm in Thurman to learn about the process of making maple syrup. Among the students that visited the farm was Hill's grandson, Tristan.
"It was great to have that connection and to be able to send the class to visit the farm and observe the actual process," said Minerva Central School Principal Heidi Kelly.
Hill and his partners welcomed the students to tap their own maple tree and guided them through the entire hands-on process of syrup production.
"They were such welcoming hosts," said Cleveland. "And the students really enjoyed it."
They couldn't get enough of the sweet smells coming from the sugarhouse and the taste of the syrup that they were able to sample, according to Cleveland.
"Sugaring has a rich history in this area and it is important that our students get to experience a piece of that history first-hand," said Kelly.
Before leaving Valley Road Maple Farm, the students were treated to vanilla ice cream topped with maple syrup. They appreciate Hill and his willingness to make them part of his farm and are eager to return for more sugaring experience.