Maple syrup is really a wild food too, but deserves special mention – Canada’s natural and local sweetener.
The process begins each spring with the maple sap dripping from 2600 taps, down plastic lines (we have 22 km in total strung up in our bush!) and into stainless steel tanks at our sugar shack. Our sugarbush is located on a hill, so all the sap flows downhill by gravity through special 3/16″ tubing that creates a natural vacuum at the tap holes, resulting in increased sap flows. A couple of small diaphragm pumps add to the vacuum in these lines. The sap then passes through a reverse osmosis unit that filters out 3/4 of the water before boiling, which saves a lot of firewood. The resulting “concentrate” is then boiled over wood for several hours in our 4 by 14 foot evaporator. We aim to make our syrup a little thicker than usual, around 67% sugar. To read more about our production practices, see Our Practices page.
Maple syrup is full of vital minerals and antioxidants that sugar maple trees have pulled from deep in the soil and put into their sap, which we then concentrate in the finished maple syrup. To read about the health benefits of maple syrup, see this pamphlet from the International Maple Syrup Institute: Health Benefits of Maple Syrup. Maple syrup is also low on the glycemic index.
500 ml – $12
1 litre – $20
“I bought some syrup at your farm stand: wow! I grew up making maple syrup, so tend to be a bit of a snob about these things… and I’ve never bought any that tastes this good. It must the open air, wood-fired love that goes into it. Nice work!” Beth Gerow
Syrup Share Program
If you’re anything like us, you go through a lot of syrup in a year. Or maybe you’d like some for gifts. That’s what our Syrup Share Program is for. Here’s how it works:
- Pre-pay for at least 5 litres of syrup in the winter, and get it for the discounted price of $17/L. You’ll get first dibs on your choice of our golden, amber, or dark grades of syrup.
- When your syrup is ready in April, come to the farm to pick it up, or pay $5 extra to get it delivered to your home (provided you’re within 50km of us).
If you’re interested in signing up, just send us an email, and we’ll add you to our contact list. You’ll be hearing from us in November to place your order.