Mill Creek Maple Syrup hit store shelves Tuesday.
The product was the brainchild of a local neighborhood group looking for a way to help the community and the park.
“A few of us in the neighborhood went on a nature hike in the fall, and we heard about this being a maple grove,” said John Slanina, president of the Rocky Ridge Neighborhood Association. “We approached the park about doing a joint fundraiser for both the children’s playground here on site and for beautification efforts in our neighborhood.”
Keith Kaiser with Mill Creek MetroParks said he thought it was a great idea and for a good cause. It was then that the Rocky Ridge group quickly started its efforts to make some of the best locally made syrup in town.
The group took maple syrup production classes at the the Ohio State Extension office in Geauga County and started tapping trees in February. After about 10 weeks, the group harvested six tons of sap.
“At the end, we probably got a little bit north of 30 gallons of product,” said Slanina. “This is a handcrafted product made in the city of Youngstown.”
The supply of the syrup is limited with only 360 bottles available for sale.
The syrup can be purchased for $12 a bottle at Youngstown Nation, 8 N. Phelps Street, Youngstown and inside Mill Creek Park at Fellows Riverside Gardens, Lanterman’s Mill and the Ford Nature Center.