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Maple Syrup is Canada's spring tonic welcoming spring back with warmer days, melting snow and ice. A visit to the Maple Sugar Bush, or a visit to a Maple Syrup Festival adds smiles to kids and laughter for the family.
Fresh maple syrup is truly one of the first signs of spring north in Ontario. See spring at the many maple syrup festival photos north of Toronto. Many of the 400Eleven member resorts and destinations have spring activities mixed with, March getaways, Easter Getaways and April Getaways during the maple syrup harvest.
2013 Maple Syrup Ontario News
Ministry of Agriculture and Food reports early maple sap runs becoming the norm. "Early tapping is now considered normal for the commercial vacuum collection industry" The maple production report is a weekly report that will include predictions of approaching sap flow events based on extended weather forecasts, and guidelines on sap collection and syrup production. The maple syrup festival and sugar bush tours season continues into April. See March maple syrup festivals and maple sugar bush tours north in Ontario.
Maple Syrup and Easter in Ontario
Easter in 2013 falls during the peak maple harvest the last weekend in March. Easter activities with taste treats using maple syrup in your Easter brunch, or Easter dinner is an ideal time to support Ontario's maple syrup farmers'. Unable to get to a sugar bush? You can always try the local Ontario Farmers' Market for fresh spring maple syrup.
First Maple Syrup Tapping February 2013 in Grey-Bruce Counties
Maple Syrup Myths or Facts
Maple Trees were once called Maypoles: True: From an early settler "I have ever seen was making sugar out of a tree...you make a hole in the tree) the Maypole they call it and out come the sugar like seet water thick like and you boil it." from the John A. MacDonald Alubum by Lena Newman.
From Maypoles to Maple Trees, there are many who believe the Fall Colour Season coincides with Maple Syrup production. False! Maple leaf color changes take place in September and October not March and April. See fall maple leaf colour routes.
A Spring tonic: Drinking the "Maple Sap" directly from the tree is a spring tonic to revive one from a long winter. Possible!! First Nations spring cure to renew vitality. Let the reader decide see Foodland Ontario Facts about Maple Syrup.
A cure for Cholera: "An 1832 remedy included a rub of lard, maple sugar and ashes from the maple tree (Note: this could be a spa treatment today), followed by a hot draught of maple sugar and lye causing violent perspiration." from the John A. MacDonald Album by Lena Newman.
Families can learn the history of maple syrup and glimpse first hand the boiling of the sap, (sweet water) and the making of the maple syrup. Maple syrup history goes back 1000 years and coincides with the arrival of spring, warmer weather and the "Maple Moon." The "sugaring off " period or maple syrup festival time is unique to North Eastern North America. In Canada, production is primarily in Ontario, Quebec, and some in the Maritimes. Many products are made from the syrup including maple butter, maple taffy in the snow, maple walnut ice cream, cured maple bacon, maple fudge, and a variety of desserts such as baked apples with maple syrup, always a family favorite.
Maple Syrup Recipes
The taste treat was first reported in the 1600's by French priests, probably in Quebec and historic Huronia area of Georgian Bay. See Maple Syrup Recipes.
Maple Trees For Syrup
The source of maple syrup should not be forgotten. The importance of
the maple tree is often ignored both as the source of Canada's national
emblem on our flag, and as the source of the delicious golden liquid called
maple syrup produced each spring in North Eastern Canada. The Sugar Maple
is the main source of maple sap for maple syrup products. See more information
A trip to the sugarbush with the family wouldn't be complete without the taste of fresh 'hot-off-the grill' pancakes and sausages smothered in Canadian maple syrup. In recent years the Maple Syrup Festivals have attracted a wide range of families and couples. Visitors from all over Ontario and Canada plus international travellers and visitors come experience one of the many traditions of being Canadian in Ontario.
Sugar bush experiences highlight many family fun activities: