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Kirsten Hunter, Robert Benner's daughter, makes candy out (Credit: Jasmin Frankel)

Kirsten Hunter, Robert Benner's daughter, makes candy out of the sugar maple for visitors to sample during an open house at Benner's Farm in East Setauket. (Feb. 26, 2011)

Making maple syrup at Benner's Farm

Benner's Farm in East Setauket hosts its annual demonstration day on how to tap maple syrup from trees.

Maple candy is one of the things demonstrated
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Maple candy is one of the things demonstrated at the annual maple sugaring festival at Benner's Farm in East Setauket. The 2013 festival will be held from noon-4 p.m. on Feb. 23. (2012)

Kelan Laux, 11, grandson of Bob Benner, stirs
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Kelan Laux, 11, grandson of Bob Benner, stirs a vat of boiling tree sap during the annual maple sugaring festival at Benner's Farm in East Setauket. The 2013 festival will be held from noon-4 p.m. on Feb. 23. (2012)

Maple syrup is on display and for sale
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Maple syrup is on display and for sale at Benner's Farm in East Setauket where visitors can learn the history of maple sugaring at the annual maple sugaring festival at the farm. The 2013 festival is from noon-4 p.m. on Feb. 23. (2012)

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Hot pancakes with fresh maple syrup are the
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Hot pancakes with fresh maple syrup are the treat at the end of the annual maple sugaring festival at Benner's Farm in East Setauket. The 2013 festival is from noon-4 p.m. on Feb. 23. (2012)

Sam Benner, second from left, explains the process
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Sam Benner, second from left, explains the process of making maple syrup while boiling a vat of maple sap during a maple sugaring open house at Benner's Farm in East Setauket. (Feb. 26, 2011)

Robert Benner demonstrates what a maple tree looks
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Robert Benner demonstrates what a maple tree looks like in the barn of his Setauket farm during an open house. (Feb. 26, 2011)

During an open house at Benner's Farm in
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During an open house at Benner's Farm in East Setauket, owner Robert Benner playfully holds the branches of a staghorn sumac tree, which is used to make the spiles, or wooden tubes, that collect maple. (Feb. 26, 2011)

Robert Benner's son, Sam, demonstrates how water is
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Robert Benner's son, Sam, demonstrates how water is taken out of the maple during an open house at Benner's Farm in East Setauket. (Feb. 26, 2011)

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Kirsten Hunter, Robert Benner's daughter, makes candy out
(Credit: Jasmin Frankel)

Kirsten Hunter, Robert Benner's daughter, makes candy out of the sugar maple for visitors to sample during an open house at Benner's Farm in East Setauket. (Feb. 26, 2011)

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