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Photo of the Week, 9: Funk’s Grove, March 1932

Sap from the sugar maple begins to run during the warmer days and cold nights of February and March. Early settlers—and before that Native Americans—boiled the sap from sugar maples in groves throughout McLean County. Today, that tradition survives at Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup. And yes, that's “sirup" with an “I," a nod to the old-timey spelling.

Do you or your family use locally made maple syrup at your breakfast table? Do you use syrup for anything other than the obvious? We're always open to out-of-the-ordinary uses of the sweet, sticky stuff!

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History