Time for tapping: Maple syrup production in Michigan

Michigan is one of the top states for maple syrup production, and anyone can give it a try.

Maple syrup - it's a common ingredient on the breakfast table. It may also be an ingredient you could harvest from your backyard.

Now is the time of year that sap is flowing freely in maple trees, which is tapped and turned into maple syrup.

Warmer days and cool nights allow the sap to flow. A drill, spigot and bucket to collect the sap are all you need to produce your own syrup.

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Sap is ninety percent water, and all that water needs to be boiled out to create the sweet syrup we're all familiar with. You'll need forty gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup.

Drew Nelson has been tapping the maple trees in his backyard for years.

"I just think it's really important that people learn where their food comes from and that it takes a lot of work," said Nelson.

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Laura Hartman is a meteorologist at WZZM 13. You can contact her by email at lhartman@wzzm13.com, or follow her on Facebook or Twitter.