Stratford hosts annual pancake breakfast
Jason Fisher’s mouth was singing Saturday morning after tasting his pancakes and maple syrup.
Fisher, a Columbus resident, wasn’t eating just any type of pancakes, but the all-organic, fresh ones offered at Stratford Ecological Center’s Maple Days Pancake Breakfast in its 11th year.
Fisher’s wife, Kristin Fisher, and his son, Jacob Fisher, 2, came along for the all-you-can eat breakfast complete with whole-wheat pancakes, wood-fired maple syrup and sausage.
“I’ve never had fresh syrup like this,” Kristin Fisher said. “It’s great.”
Jason Fisher had to agree.
“It makes your mouth sing,” he said.
Thousands of pancakes are poured and flipped Saturday morning starting in the early hours of the morning until around noon, said Louise Warner, the center’s founder. The breakfast’s proceeds all go back into the nonprofit organic farm that hosts both child and adult programming.
Breakfast participants could take a hike to the Sugar Shack where the syrup is made. The syrup season has been a bit slow so far, said Chris Byerly, the center’s operations manager.
“It hasn’t been a poor season, but we’ve produced 18 gallons of syrup,” Byerly said. “At this point, we’ve generally had a little more than that. It’s all weather-dependent, and it’s been a little on the warm side. We’re hoping for a few more days of sap flow.”
Typically, a good sap day is when the temperatures are freezing overnight and about 40 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. The center collects about 200 to 300 gallons of sap a day, and it takes about 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup, Byerly said.
The center taps 155 trees each year and produces about 20 to 30 gallons of finished syrup each season, Byerly said.
The day also offered a host of activities for those coming out for the hearty breakfast, including a visit to see the just born baby lambs in the barn and blacksmith and spinning wool demonstrations.
The event put on each year since 2000 takes more than 100 volunteers, said Jane Walsh, volunteer coordinator. The center is always looking for volunteers. Those interested can call 740–363-2548.