Something sweet has been happening on the Christian Children’s Home of Ohio (CCHO) 165-acre campus in Wooster.
During the month of March, we began the process of making maple syrup. We placed over 300 taps and collection containers on the sugar maple trees located around campus buildings and wooded areas. Over the next three weeks before the temperatures rose above 70 degrees, we collected more than 3,000 gallons of sap. Did you know? It typically takes about 40 gallons of sap to produce just one gallon of maple syrup! Many thanks to the Wooster Lowe's store for donating more than 200 five-gallon buckets for collecting sap.
We relied heavily on volunteers to help with the sap collection. Special thanks to groups from Wooster Christian School, Church of the Lakes United Methodist Church, Triway FFA, and the College of Wooster who came out to help with this big project.
The sap was then transported to the sugar house at Mennell Acres Farm, a fourth-generation organic farm in nearby Litchfield, where it became delicious maple syrup.
CCHO’s maple syrup is being sold in pints and quarts at Buehler’s Fresh Foods Wooster, Ashland, and Orrville locations. They are graciously donating the proceeds from the maple syrup sales to CCHO to help more kids and families experience their worth in Christ.
Look for products in stores in early April.