Harvest sweetness at Maple Syrup Days

March 20, 2011 4:34:01 AM PDT
There were sweet rewards for those who collected sap from maple trees at the River Trail Nature Center in Northbrook over the weekend.

These are Maple Syrup Days, the only time of the year in Cook County when sap can be taken and turned into maple syrup.

Participants on Saturday included Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

Visitors learned the techniques of drawing the sap, and were rewarded with samples of the freshest maple syrup in the whole country.