By CHRIS KELLY
02/17/2008 04:07:57 AM EST
There are many stories on how maple syrup came about in America.
One is when a Native American woman was searching for a way to boil dinner.
Another is when a young boy saw a squirrel bite a twig off a maple tree and saw the squirrel lick the tree, the boy thought there was something in the tree.
"When the day temperature is above freezing and the night temperature is below freezing, it's the best time for making maple syrup," he said to a crowd on Saturday afternoon.
This is his sixth year holding the event and he said this was the best year yet because of the weather.
Why the south side?
"Sometimes if there is a warm front coming in at night, I am collecting sap at 2:30 a.m.," he said.
Then a spile, which looks like a spout, is placed in the hole causing the sap to come out quickly, a bucket is placed below the spile.
Rubin assists the crowd members in collecting sap in a bucket. He then takes the bucket and boils it "for hours."
"Maybe I can do oak sugaring," he joked.