By: Allen Appel

Nasty,” declared Renotica Jackson, taking a sip of raw sap minutes after it oozed out of a maple tree.

“No, it’s not ‘nasty,’” a chaperone corrected her. “It’s just ‘different.’”

The sap was flowing from Common Ground High School’s seven stately sugar maples on Sunday afternoon, at the ecology high school’s fourth annual winter festival. Flowing as swiftly, if not as eloquently, were the kids’ and parents’ attempts to describe it.

“It’s more like coffee without caffeine,” said another kid. “No way. You never drank coffee. It’s water with dirt in it.”

Read more on the New Haven Independent website.