Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Thanks for a Great Season!

The sap run has ended for another year, but this time we're not disappointed to see it go. 2009 will go down in our records as one of the best seasons in the last decade! It feels great to see our shelves full of maple syrup, and to know that we'll be able to see lots of happy customers at the Farmers' Markets this year!

It's just like after a big party -- everyone goes home and you've got to clean up the mess! We will be closed at the farm for the next few weeks as we will be out in the sugarbush cleaning and taking down our lines. If you would like to come out to the farm to purchase your maple syrup, honey, or pottery, please call ahead to arrange a
time ~ (705) 835-5780 ~

You will be able to find us at the Orillia Farmers' Market this Saturday, April 18th, and then the following Saturday, April 25th, we will be selling at the Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival (please see for details). Beginning May 2nd, you can find us at the Orillia Farmers' Market every Saturday, and the Brickworks Farmers' Market in Toronto begins on May 23rd.

Thanks everyone for a great season, and we hope to see some of you at the markets soon!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

April Showers...or...Snowstorm?

Well, last week we thought the season was ending with no more frost in the forecast, and now here we are with a foot of snow on the ground! Apparently the "old-timers" call a surprise snowstorm like this in April "Sugar Snow" due to the fact that the sap often runs so well afterwards. We're hoping the folklore holds true, and we'll have a few more good sap days this weekend as the weather forecast predicts.

We have not had any sap for a number of days now, but we had some good runs at the beginning of last week. There remains no sign of buds on the trees yet, so if the weather co-operates and makes the sap run, we are rested and ready to make some more delicious maple syrup!

We do expect that this will be our final weekend of sugarmaking for the season, and we will be open to visitors from 1pm - 5pm all weekend, including Good Friday. It sounds like a beautiful, sunny weekend; perfect for a final visit to the sugarbush!