Saturday, March 25, 2017

New Grading System for Maple Syrup

It was full steam ahead at the sugarhouse today, and the sweet smell of maple is in the air.

Some of you that have been out to the farm may have noticed the new grade stickers on our bottles this year. The regulations for grading maple syrup in North America are changing to become more standardized. The chart attached here helps to explain the transition which is taking place over the next year. Our delicious McCutcheon's Maple Syrup is not changing one bit, just the name of it is. For this season, you will see both the old grade name and the new on our bottles as we transition. Next year, our labels will change to reflect only the new names.

Using the new grading system, we currently have a small amount of early "golden" syrup at the farm, as well as lots of "amber". The "dark" syrup that comes with warmer weather at the end of the season has not been produced yet, but we hope to make some, and will let those of you that have been waiting know as soon as it is ready.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Spring (Hopefully) Returns

Spring is slowly returning to us after 10 days in the deep freeze! Like a bear waking up from a long winter nap, the trees were gradually thawing out in the sun today, and the sap just started to run in our lines at about 4pm. Things will freeze back up overnight but the next few days look promising for good sap weather, so keep your lucky St. Paddy's day fingers crossed for us! We remain open daily from 1pm-5pm and have lots of fresh maple syrup and maple butter for sale. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Winter Treats

In the battle between spring and winter, winter is winning for the next week. We are shaping up for a very chilly weekend - much too cold for the sap to run. We remain open daily from 1pm - 5pm for sales, but there will not be an opportunity to see syrup making in operation again until things warm up.

One thing the cold weather IS good for is soul-warming treats! It is excellent pancake weather, and we also have our best-in-the-world freshly made maple butter available while supplies last. What a great way to stay cozy 🍁

Friday, March 3, 2017

Opening Tomorrow

We were snuggling up to the fire in the sugarhouse today! 

This cold weather has put the sap on pause for a few days. We will be open tomorrow for sales, but it will be too cold for the sap to be running. Those of you that have visited in the past know that our sugarhouse is not heated so please bundle up if you come for a visit!
Good news is we do have snow for making everyone's favourite maple taffy! See you between 1pm - 5pm.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Cheers! A First-Of-The-Season Toast!

The first batch of 2017 McCutcheon's Maple Syrup is now bottled and ready to find it's way to your table! We will be open for sales beginning Saturday, March 4th from 1pm-5pm and will be open daily during the same hours for the remainder of the season.

Can't wait to see you!