Maple Syrup Workshop

Have you wanted to learn how to make Maple Syrup but were afraid to ask?  You’re not alone!

Maple Syrup - First Jar!

Maple Syrup

I have been making syrup for a few years and have had to learn by trial and error (and some advice from friends more skilled than I).  My friends have agreed to help me operate a Maple Syrup Learning Event to be held at the farm.  I will host a limited group of 8 people and teach you all you need to know to make Maple Syrup the old fashioned way (but I have knowledge of some high tech versions – if you decide

Sap buckets ready for Spring!

Sap buckets ready for Spring!

to go into syrup production commercially.)  Maple Syrup season is short – four to six weeks and this will be a weekend event.  If you are interested in just coming by for the day – let me know – but look below at what you will miss out on!

Arriving Friday night, to a gourmet meal and delightful conversation.  Saturday will start with breakfast, then collecting the syrup and starting the boil.  Finishing off with another gourmet meal and more conversation.  I have a hot tub on the farm and can book a Registered Massage Therapist if you’d like to pamper yourself after all that work!

A Maple Syrup event wouldn’t be complete without a pancake breakfast, which we will celebrate with on Sunday!

You will learn all there is to know about making maple syrup and leave with syrup that you have made.

You can contact me by email or let me know in the comment section below, if you and your friends would like to participate in a fun filled weekend at the farm!

Maple Syrup

If you are any where in the north, and by north, I mean north of Atlanta!  My farm is in Ontario and we have had a LONG, COLD winter.  My horses have spent more time in their blankets than out of their blankets in the unheated barn!  And, it’s been my experience that when you have a farm, and particularly if you have animals on the farm, you check the weather constantly.   I check my weather app in the middle of the night!  This morning for the first time in months, the temperature is hovering just below freezing and that means that we will all go into a frenzy to set up for maple syrup season!

Sap buckets ready for Spring!

Sap buckets ready for Spring!

Washing pails, making sure you have enough lids, and the wire that holds the lid, checking taps and of course, making sure your trail to the pails is clear enough to get to the sap.  I use a snowmobile to pat down the trail.  I use a Yamaha Rhino with a 100 gallon plastic container in the back to bring the sap from the maple forest to the place where I boil. I will make sure I have gas in the Rhino and rinse out the 100 gallon container.

Maple Syrup Evaporator

Maple Syrup Evaporator

I have a new maple syrup evaporator with stacked stainless steel pans.  I had it build with the pans stacked so that while the sap is boiling down, the residual heat will pre-heat the fresh, newer sap, saving a lot of time and heat.  The two pans are piped so that as one batch is finishing, the next batch is ready to drop into the boil pan.  My evaporator is lined with fire-brick, so I will check the fire-brick and make sure that it’s in good repair for this season.

Spring is in the air!

Maple Syrup - First Jar!

Maple Syrup – First Jar!