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Spring must be on its way. When the maple syrup starts running you know tulips and crocuses can’t be far behind.

Between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm on April 8th, your family can walk through a sugar bush and watch the process to turn maple sap into delicious maple syrup. Maple Day is all happening thanks to a group of local Maple Syrup producers.

You will find Johnson’s Sugar Bush on the Oak Ridge Moraine on County Rd. 28. The family now has 1000 sugar maples – an accomplishment that has evolved over 25 years. Craig and Marissa Johnson will give you a tour of their sugar house and show you all the ins and outs of maple production.

Puddleduck Farms is relatively new in the maple production business – just 8 years. Visit them at the Kentucky Sugar Bush, south of the village of Millbrook on County Rd. 10. You can buy syrup, maple butter and maple candies from their farm on Glamorgan Rd or at the Millbrook Farmers’ Market.

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J & K Sugar Shack now share their maple syrup products with the public – their efforts for their own consumption have grown into a small business. You can find them on Challice Line South in the village of Millbrook. You can sample maple syrup products and baked goods.

You can find Siblings who produce Squirrel Creek Farm’s Syrup on Brackenridge Dr. west of Bailiboro. If the weather cooperates you can see sap turned into syrup using traditional wood heat. And be sure to bring your appetite to enjoy the pancakes and sausage that will be available for sale.

Sugar Rush Maple Bush is a new operation on Deyell Line. See the sap running and enjoy the sweet smells – the aroma of spring!

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Staples Maple Syrup has been making syrup since 1813! They harvest sap from 3600 taps on their family farm on Hwy 7A between Cavan and Bethany. But the equipment is all new including an industrial sized oil-fired steel evaporator and a state of the art reverse osmosis system.

The Winslow family has been operating Woodleigh Farms for 4 generations. You will find them on Sharpe Line in Cavan where maple syrup has been part of the operation since 1988.

MT Wilson family farm is a hobby operation but their roots go back more than a century. You will find them on Bland Line in Mount Pleasant.

Now Maple Day is dependent on the weather, so fingers crossed. The producers need mild days and cool nights to ensure a good harvest and fast flowing sap. Fingers crossed for April 8th!

 

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Jeffrey Kerr enjoying maple syrup!

 

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In a previous post we told you about Puddle Duck Farm and their offerings of cut flowers, honey, maple products, organic freezer meat and free range eggs.

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But they have also been growing produce, selling it from the farm and also at local markets. In 2015 they began offering CSA shares, providing their members with weekly baskets of veggies and herbs.

Basically, a CSA is a partnership between consumers wanting good quality, safe food and farmers looking for stable markets.

As the consumer you pay the farmer a one-time fee (or share) prior to the start of growing season. This fee is determined by seed cost, equipment maintenance, property fees, tools, salaries, distribution costs, etc. In return, you receive weekly food boxes.

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At Puddle Duck Farms they do not use any herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or chemical fertilizers on the produce. Instead, they build up the soil with manure, cover crops and other amendments, companion planting and lots of TLC to grow healthy strong plants, which grow nutritious produce free of chemicals.

They have 2 sizes of CSA shares available:

  • A full share which will feed a family of 4 or 2 veggie loving adults. The cost for a full share is $600, which works out to $30/week
  • A half share which feeds a family of 2 or 1 veggie loving adult. The cost for a half share is $400, which works out to $20/week

The shares will begin mid to late June and run for 20 weeks. You pick up your produce at the farm each week.

This type of program greatly reduces the waste involved in blindly growing food for an indeterminate number of people.

You can look forward to a wide variety of vegetables, including beets, carrots, radishes, potatoes, beans, peas, onions, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet corn, peppers, kohlrabi, winter squash, zucchini, cucumber, winter radish, watermelon, lettuce, kale, Swiss chard and other greens, salad mix, plus more.

They also grow herbs; including basil, parsley dill, etc. Each week they include a newsletter, providing recipes for what is in the share that week, as well as preserving tips, nutritional information and they also highlight a veggie of the week.

If that is not enough encouragement to look into CSA shares, Puddle Duck Farm also hosts a Potluck lunch with the members who then get the chance to tour around the farm to see the gardens and meet the animals!

For more information, visit the website at http://www.puddleduckfarm.ca or call 705 931 5794.

 

 

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Meet Puddle Duck Farm owners Merridy Senior and Eben Hancock. Puddle Duck is a 100-year-old farm, purchased by the pair in 2012. Since then they have filled their days with working on house and barn improvements, caring for animals including cows, chickens, ducks, goats, and two cats. And in 2013 baby Sawyer joined the family.

 

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The couple is not new to farming though. They actually began in 2009 when they became involved with running a local sugar bush just outside of Millbrook. The following spring, they added honeybee hives and discovered beekeeping. Finding Puddle Jump Farm to purchase was the next logical step.  

Now they focus on:  

Cut flowers – they planted 10,000 Gladiola bulbs the first year! Since then they have added sunflowers, zinnias, strawflowers, and asters. You can find their bouquets at the farm, community events, local markets, flower shops and the grocery store. 

Honey – their bees gather pollen and nectar from the wildflowers on the property. The Honey is unpasteurized and available in both liquid and cream form.  

Maple products – they have approximately 2000 taps to produce maple syrup at a sugar bush just outside of Millbrook. It takes 40 gallons of sap to produce one gallon of syrup! In addition to maple syrup they produce maple butter, maple sugar candies, and granulated maple sugar.

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If that was not enough, they also produce organic freezer meat and free range eggs.  All of the produce is grown without the use of herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or chemical fertilizers. 

Puddle Duck Farm also participates in a community farm, but that will be featured in another post!  

Connect with Puddle Duck Farm on Facebook at

https://www.facebook.com/Puddleduck-Farm-280714355416026/ 

Call them at (705) 931-5794
Visit the farm at 541 Glamorgan Rd., Millbrook, Ontario.

Send them an email puddleduckfarm@nexicom.net

 

 

 

 

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