Get sappy: Maple syrup hobby turns into small business for Cottage Grove man
After he retired 30 years ago, Rod Hale wanted something to do in the spring.
It's not time to go hunting or fishing or to work on the lawn, he said. So he started tapping a few of the maple trees near the home he shared with the wife, Mary, on the Cottage Grove part of Lower Grey Cloud Island.
Hale started the hobby by heating the sap on a small camp stove until it became maple syrup.