Thursday, April 15, 2010

Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival

"Every year the sleepy town of Elmvale explodes in a celebration of Nature's rites of Spring - the running of liquid gold - Ontario Pure Maple Syrup"

This Saturday, April 17th, we will be attending the annual event Elmvale. You can find all of the details about the festival HERE.

We've been lucky the past few years with beautiful weather on the festival day, but it sounds like this year the tradition of cool, rainy weather will return. I know a little rain never fazed a true maple fan -- the festival is always packed with happy, hardy visitors, rain or shine! Come on out and enjoy the festivities, have some pancakes, and join us in celebrating the magic of maple!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Closed Easter Monday

With the end of the maple season, we will no longer keep regular hours at the farm. We will be closed on Easter Monday, and if you wish to visit in the following days, please call ahead to see if we will be open - (705) 835-5780.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

2010 Season Has Ended

We had expected Tuesday night to be our final night of boiling for the 2010 season. It was the full moon on Tuesday, also known in March as the "Maple Moon", and we thought it would be a fitting end to wind up the season with a midnight boil in the moonlight. However, as usual, Mother Nature surprised us, and we had another fairly hard overnight frost. As a result, we were able to collect another small run of sap on Wednesday - the very last one of the season.

Now the race is on for us to take down and clean all of our lines before this upcoming warm spell causes things to get moldy. We also still have many batches of syrup yet to be bottled and labeled before it is ready for sale. So, even though the sap run has ended, the work continues! That being said, Dad in particular is somewhat relieved to see the end, as it means he can finally get a good night's sleep!

Though we will be out working in the sugarbush in the mornings this weekend, we will remain open in the afternoons from 1pm - 5pm. Please keep in mind that there will not be any sap running in the tanks to see, nor will we be operating the evaporator. Visitors are still welcome to tour the sugarhouse, ask questions, and of course stock up on Maple Syrup, Maple Butter, and Maple Candy!