Friday, April 7, 2017

Season Ends, Dark Syrup Is Available

 April 7th aka March 38th?!

We had a fairly significant snowfall overnight and things are looking a little different at the farm today then they were earlier this week. Despite the return of winter, our production season has come to an end. In the middle of the week, the spring peepers were singing, and the maple syrup flavour changed to signify the end of the season.

Those of you that have been patiently waiting will be pleased to know that we were able to produce some dark maple syrup in those final few days, and it is now available for purchase at the farm. We are open today, Saturday, and Sunday from 1pm - 5pm. After this, please call (705) 835-5780 to check our hours as we will be busy with sugarbush clean-up, and hoping for warmer days like everyone else!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Coming to the End

The sun is shining, the snow is melting, and the sap is slowing down to a trickle. We have not had frost overnight for a few nights now, and the forecast is not showing any in the near future. As such, we anticipate that this may be our final weekend of production for the season. It is beautiful weather for a walk in the sugarbush, and it may be your last chance to see sap in the lines until next year so come by, say "Hi", and stock up on natural sweetness. We are open today and tomorrow from 1pm - 5pm.



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!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Busy Week!

                                                                First batch of 2017!

Due to the early spring-like weather, we have had frantic week of tapping trees, collecting sap, and making maple syrup!

We are hoping the forecast is right and some colder winter weather will return later this week. This will give us a chance to get our freshly made maple syrup bottled and ready for sale.

Please keep your eye on our Facebook page, and we'll update you all as soon as we have syrup for sale and we are open for visitors!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Family Day Kickoff to 2017

What a perfect way to spend Family Day Weekend -- everyone in the woods in the glorious sunshine for our first day of tapping of 2017! Maple Syrup season preparation has officially begun! Stay tuned for more updates as things unfold with the weather. Hopefully we'll be making some liquid gold soon!





Thursday, April 14, 2016

Rule-Breaking Season Comes To An End

An unusual but surprisingly good maple season has come to an end! It was a season that broke all of the rules. The first two weeks starting on March 7th were notable for the warm temperatures and lack of frosty nights. The sap ran continuously even though conventional wisdom said it shouldn't. Then, unlike the usual spring pattern where the weather warms up towards the end of March, we entered a cooling trend. This produced a record flow of sap over Easter weekend. The sap flow continued until our last boil on April 1st, when very wintery weather returned with temps as low as -15 over night. For the first time in our 44 year career, the season ended with cold rather than warm weather. Usually the sap runs after a cold snap, but this year it didn't. We thought we might get one more run this week when it finally thawed out, but the trees seem to have had enough. A humbling and happy reminder that there are still a few mysteries left in life!

Our shelves are now full of delicious maple syrup, maple sugar and maple butter. The sugarhouse will be open for sales this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon from 1pm - 5pm. After that, please call (705) 835-5780 to check our hours or to arrange a time to pick up syrup. Our hours will be irregular as we head to the woods to wash and take down our lines. Happy spring!