The Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival at the Howard County Fairgrounds went beyond our expectations. Thinking we’d stop by to see and learn about sheep, we were quite surprised at the sheer number of people attending the event. The event featured vendors selling their wool and woolen goods as well as shepherds entering their sheep into contests. There were more than a 1000 sheep participating in the event.
We walked the grounds window shopping the homemade wares. We stopped by the Just a Mere Tree Farm booth that was selling maple syrup and the owner was kind enough to discuss the process of making it. We learned:
– It can take up to 50 gallons of sap to create 1 gallon of maple syrup
– The sap is collected into a large vat
– The sap is sent to an “evaporator” where the excess water is boiled off
– The point in the season when a tree is “tapped” can affect the color and taste of the syrup