Funks Grove, Il. The midpoint of Illinois Route 66 and home of Maple Sirup. They spell it that way because it's pure sirup with nothing added. 50 gallons of maple sap is distilled down to one gallon of sirup. This is a working farm growing corn and soybeans, but they also have a huge grove of maple trees to produce sirup. Harvesting sap the traditional way is very labor intensive. Every day someone has to empty the buckets hanging from the taps into a large container and transport it to the cook house. The Funk's devised a way to automate the harvest by using tubing and gravity from the taps to a pump house to collect the sap. It is then pumped to the cook house for distilling. It took several attempts to perfect the technique. The first attempt had the tubing laying on the ground, but squirrels and deer chewed up the tubing. They raised the tubing off the ground and used different tubing to keep the system intact. This method is now widely used to harvest maple sap. Tubing strung through the woods. Small tubing at the tree. Note that the trees are not tapped except in February when they gather the sap. During the day the temperature rises and the sap also rises in the tree. At night when it gets cold again the sap goes down the tree. 2017 was warm in February so the sap mostly stayed up in the trees leading to a smaller than normal harvest. The roof of the underground pump house. The storage bins behind the cook house. The cook house and store. They also make maple candy which I highly recommend.