We went to our favorite living history museum today for their Sap, Syrup and Sugar field trip. The kids had a chance to learn about how maple syrup is produced both now and in the past. Everyone got to try maple sap straight from the tree and the pure maple syrup produced at the end of the process. We learned that it takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup and lots of time and energy. Which explains why real maple syrup is so expensive but so much better tasting than the cheap stuff.