It's Sap Season

It’s no surprise that Canadians produce and consume Maple Syrup by the gallon. We use it in desserts, salad dressings, BBQ sauce and you can drench almost every breakfast food in it for a naturally sweet flavour. Some even enjoy it on its own, poured over snow!

Guelph and Wellington County boast some of the most traditional and environmentally sustainable syrup productions in the province.

Snyder Heritage Farm

Snyder Heritage Farms is located in Breslau Ontario right on Maple Bend Road. Kevin and Anne Snyder are 5th eneration farmers; their farm has been producing maple syrup for over 100 years.

Sustainable Practices - Kevin and Anne use only wood from their own forest to cook the sap (no fuel oil is used) and the wood lots are managed according to sustainable forest management guidelines and practices. They harvest a few trees every year, but only when the ground is frozen to reduce damage to the woodlot ecosystem.

There are no preservatives or fillers used to make Snyder syrup, only pure maple sap and water. In addition to their maple syrup, Snyder Heritage Farms produces turkeys, sweet corn and lots of fresh produce, all GMO free.

You can visit Snyder Heritage Farms on Maple Weekend, first weekend of April from 10:00 am-4:00pm or on Friday afternoons from 2:00 pm-7:00 pm.

1213 Maple Bend Rd. RR 1 Breslau, Ontario  |  519.741.1447

Heartwood Farm and Cidery

Set amidst the rolling hills and meandering rivers near the Village of Erin, Heartwood Farm and Cidery is a diverse 42-acre ecosystem of mixed pasture, fruit and nut orchards, woods and wetlands. They are dedicated to regenerative agriculture practices that produce healthy soils, sustainable water and nutrient cycles, contented animals, wholesome food for their community and valuable habitat for wildlife and pollinators.

Saturday March 23 will be an extra-special one at the farm. Join Brent and Val for some maple adventures! They will be boiling sap, as they do at this time of year, and they will also be welcoming Gaelle Thollet of Bistro Breton. She will be making Crepes and Galettes with maple syrup fresh from the evaporator.

Come out an enjoy yummy food and maple syrup, complemented by a flight of Heartwood ciders.

Whether they are harvesting apples or borrowing sap, it's all about tree-based delights! They have made some changes to their maple syrup production this year. If you come out on Saturday, take a walk out into the sugar bush with Brent and Val and learn how sap becomes maple syrup.

Maple Weekend

Hosted by The Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association during the first weekend in April; Maple Weekend gives you the opportunity to tour sap productions and see how local maple products are produced from tree to table. And maybe sneak in a pancake or two…

Participants in the Maple Weekend can be found in Niagara, Waterloo and Halton Regional Municipalities, the County of Brant and Hamilton, also certain parts of Haldimand-Norfolk, Oxford, Perth and Wellington Counties.

A map of the local sugar producers participating in Maple Weekend can be found here.

55th Annual Elmira Maple Syrup Festival

The first Elmira Maple Syrup festival in 1965 drew a crowd of more than 10,000 people and it has been growing ever since! It has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Largest Single Day Maple Syrup Festival.

Expect sugar bush tours, antique shows, craft sales and a popular outdoor mall featuring local arts and crafts and outrageously indulgent food, such as deep fried Mars bars, maple burgers and sausages, potato torpedoes and funnel cakes.

The festival has been able to raise over $50,000 for local community groups.

Taste the tradition on April 6, 2019. For more information on the Festival times and events, view their website.

Ontario Maple

Often referred to as the first agricultural crop of the year, maple syrup is made from the sap of primarily sugar, red and black maple trees in late winter and early spring. Maple syrup is a completely natural product with no additives. It is chock full of minerals and plant proteins. Research is currently underway to determine how this natural sweetener and flavour enhancing product can benefit human health.

Discover various tasty maple products, recipes and local producers in Wellington County at www.ontariomaple.com.

Other Maple Producers in Wellington County

R-LIL Golden Treats Maple Sweets, Palmerston

Kallonen Maple Farm, Puslinch

Cassie Maple Products, Elora

Maple Grove Farms, Mount Forest

Squirrel's Gold Maple Syrup, Erin

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