Monday, April 18, 2011

Blustery Elmvale Festival Still a Success - Check Out the Video!

Along with the appearance of the spring peepers, the Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival usually corresponds with the end of another maple season. This year, the festival wound up on a rather blustery Saturday and still lots of faithful customers came out to celebrate maple with us. Thanks to all of those who braved the wintery weather!

There was a nice piece on the A Channel News on Saturday highlighting the Elmvale Festival. You can find it here. If you fast-forward to the eight-minute mark, it runs for about two minutes. If you watch closely, you'll see our own special thirty seconds of fame from about 9:00min - 9:30min. You're a natural, Jesse!

For those who didn't make it to Elmvale on Saturday, and would still like to stock up on the 2011 crop, we will be open from 9:00am - 5:00pm on Good Friday and also on Easter Sunday. Our sugarhouse will be closed on Saturday, when you will find us returning to the Orillia Farmers' Market for their own special Maple Syrup Festival. After Sunday, we will return to keeping our usual irregular hours so please call ahead -- (705) 835-5780.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

2011 Production Season Is Over

The 2011 Maple Syrup Season will go down in our records as an excellent year! We wound up the last few days with ideal weather and some very good runs of sap. We are happy enough to see the season come to a close as we've got a good stock of excellent #1 Medium Syrup to last us through the year. Saturday night was the last boil of the season, and we have been busy this weekend with the next large task of getting the syrup all bottled up, and beginning the major clean-up operation. There is still much work to be done!

Now that the production season had ended, our business hours will no longer be regular. Please call (705) 835-5780 to check the hours before you plan a visit, as they will change daily.

You will find us this coming Saturday April 16th at the Annual Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival. Looking forward to seeing lots of loyal Maple Syrup fans there, as usual. Check out the link if you haven't been to the festival before -- there are lots of activities for the entire family!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Is Maple Syrup The New Super Food?

Check this out! New studies out of Rhode Island have found that Maple Syrup is high in anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory substances similar to those found in tea, berries, red wine, and flax seeds. Just one more reason to love Maple Syrup!

You can read more about the study here.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Lots of Sap!

As those of you who have been watching the weather may have guessed, the last two days were amazing sap days! Dad said he was nearly washed away, haha! Wednesday afternoon in particular was some of the best run he's ever seen. He said if you pulled a spile out of the tree, the sap would almost jump out and splash you in the face it was running so much. It was -4°C overnight last night, so we are expecting another great day today.

It's amazing how different the season can be from year to year; on April Fools' last year, it was +24°C! The season was finished and we started our clean-up and take-down of the lines on April 2. It doesn't appear that we'll be having any weather quite that warm for a while yet this year, so we are hoping for a few more sap days before it's all over.

As usual, we will be open this weekend from 1:00pm - 5:00pm. Come out for a visit, and make the most of the beautiful spring sunshine!