Homer Soda Maple Root Beer
The VERY first soda that is all our own!
While visiting Homer Lake with our 5 children last March (ages 3-13), we participated in a special demonstration. The friendly educators at the Champaign County Forest Preserve taught us how to tap a maple tree, gather the sap, and boil it down to render maple syrup. We try and take every opportunity we can to teach our children where their food comes from, but this was far more exciting than our typical corn or beans! Have you noticed that Homer is in the heart of farm country? We went home, gathered our own 13 gallons of sap and went about the 12 hours of boiling it over a makeshift rocket stove we built from leftover landscaping bricks in the backyard. We boiled, and tended, and boiled and tended… at dusk we called it a day and brought the rendered liquid inside and finished it up on the stovetop. That syrup was the best we’d ever tasted, I swear we could taste some of the smoke from the fire in it! Owning a soda business, we couldn’t help but grab a bottle of root beer and see what it tastes like with some homemade maple in it! Thus the idea was born… 9 months later, we held our soda in our hands and did a tasting in our little store front in downtown Homer. The kids had such a fun time seeing how to go from a concept to a product, and then be able to see others smiling and enjoying it!
We made the decision to give back to the Champaign County Forest Preserve’s phenomenal educational programs by donating a portion of the profit of this soda back to Homer Lake. We also worked with them to give a little history of their grove on each bottle. You can read a little more about the historic maple grove we visited on the side bar of the label itself.
“The trees of our local historic Maple Sugar Grove were commercially tapped for syrup from 1890-1942; at one point over 400 maples were tapped! Prior to that time, Native American tribes and early settlers likely tapped the trees for their own home sugar production. Maple Sugar Grove is located within Homer Lake Forest Preserve. A portion of the sale of this soda will go to the CCFP education program. Visit the Forest Preserve and attend an educational program to learn more! www.ccfpd.org
Try a bottle today!
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