Sunday, March 11, 2018

A Unique Phenomenon - The Spring Sapsicle!

A unique phenomenon - the spring sapsicle! The conditions are just so close to being perfect for the sap to run with sunny skies and temperatures hovering right around the zero mark. Sapsicles occur when it is warm enough that the sap in the tree is liquid and trying to run, but freezes when it is exposed to the cold air as it drips out. Another of nature’s delights, however, we’d rather be making syrup! C’mon warmer days!!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Art & Maple Syrup

If you are looking for something to brighten up your weekend, come visit us at the farm and you’ll see something new on the shelves in addition to the usual spring sweetness - Carley’s art is now for sale! 

Those who are unfamiliar and wish to see more may do so at

The weather has been on the cool side this week and so we have had only very small runs of sap, if any at all. The weekend looks to be continuing along this trend, but we never quite know what Mother Nature will bring our way. We remain open daily from 1pm - 5pm. Happy March Break to all!!

Friday, March 2, 2018

2018 Syrup Is Here!!

It has been a quick, early start to the maple syrup season this year and we have produced our first batches of delicious, first-run liquid gold. We will be open at the farm beginning tomorrow, Saturday March 3rd from 1pm - 5pm, and we will be open daily for the remainder of the season with the same hours.

After a very spring-y spell kicking us off in February, the forecast shows a bit of a cooling trend in the coming days. Please dress warmly if you come for a visit, and bring your spring sweet tooths for a taste of sugar-on-snow. Keep your eye on the temperature and remember that it needs to be a bit above zero for the sap to run. We will also keep you posted on the goings-on at the sugarbush this weekend, so check back here for updates!

Hope to see you all very soon!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Happy Family Day from the McCutcheons!

I guess we’ve got syrup in our veins — the first signs of spring really get us running! We were out in the sugarbush today doing one of our favourite things, tapping!

Last year’s crop is long sold out, so we remain closed until we have some fresh syrup available. We will be sure to keep you all up to date as we continue our preparations, and you will be the first to know when we are open for the season. Happy Spring, from our family to yours!

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.