Chris' Corner: The Sap is running in Ontario

The Sap is running in Ontario

The Maple trees, obviously affected by the unusually warm winter we have experienced this year have started to run...  The tapping of Maple trees in Ontario started last week, earlier than the usual mid-march.

1,000,000 litres of maple syrup will be produced in Ontario this year, and you will start to hear about local festivities soon.

If you haven't experienced the tapping of Maple trees and the production of Maple syrup, perhaps you can take advantage of the mild weather this year and join in the fun at a local festival in Ontario.

It has been a few years since we have seen sap being collected from trees and boiling down in a large cauldron, producing maple syrup. Having someone ladle some syrup onto a bed of snow, creating an instant maple sugar treat is a right of Spring.

Perhaps Wiarton Willie called it correctly this year, looks like spring is starting early =)

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Comment balloon 21 commentsChris Smith • February 28 2012 07:54AM

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Chris... a Maple Syrup Festival sounds just wonderful.  I have been to quite a few of them locally when I lived in Cleveland, Ohio.  About half an hour away from Cleveland is the city of Chardon, which is referred to as the Maple Syrup Capital of Ohio.  Yum !

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Chris, What a way to bring in spring in the Ontario area...a delicious way that is! Enjoy!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Red Rock Real Estate) about 8 years ago

Chris, I just listened to a radio interview of one of the local maple syrup producers and he was saying that he hasn't been able to get to work this early in almost 30 years. This might mean that we won't get as much syrup as we usually do, but apparently there is a stockpile of it anyway so the Saturday morning pancake lovers like me have nothing to fear.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) about 8 years ago

Karen Anne, just another sign that spring is just around the corner

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Wanda, Maple Syrup in the bush tastes so much better ;-)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Malcolm, this is unusual.  I was talking to a person in my office, and he said that if we get a sharp cold spell, the sap will stop runnung.  I think Willie was right!

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

That's a lot of syrup.  I love true maple syrup.  That's what we grew up and I can't stand the fake stuff.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 8 years ago

HI Chris,

That would be a fun experience to create our own Maple Syrup, we will have to come out to South Simcoe and find out....;)

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) about 8 years ago

Chris, I would love to try mapole syrup on snow. Have a great day!

Posted by Keith Gilkey, 410-920-7214, Re/Max Chesapeake (Re/Max Chesapeake) about 8 years ago

Nothing is better than fresh Ontario Maple Syrup Chris! It sure felt like spring was early today!

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Hi Chris - I recently found a new supplier of Canadian maple syrup at an excellent price so I will be using it more often.

Posted by FN LN about 8 years ago

Chris-I m sure this is a welcome relief of early signs of Spring in Ontario? The tree tapping for maple syrup sounds like a fun event. 

Posted by Adrian Willanger, Profit from my two decades of experience (206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com) about 8 years ago

Chris, I imagine that the tapping is going on around here, too.  But, today is a bad day for trees.  I have five down just in my yard. 

Posted by Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire (Marshall Enterprises) about 8 years ago

Debbie, it has a unique flavour that artificial syrups cannot capture

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Peter and Linda, there are many local festivities, and I would love you to visit sometime =)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Keith, like I said, for me, it is a right of spring...

 

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Al and Peggy, wherever and whenever possible, we like to buy local or Ontario made food and goods also.  Buying from the farm or the sugarbush cannot be beat!

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Marc, please do share your source with us.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Adrian, seeing the buckets collecting sap, and the people pouring the watery sap into cauldrons... then watching them boil down.  Usually they have multiple cauldrons and start doing their little tricks which the syrup as it thickens, like pouring it into depressions in the snow... it is an experience.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Ron, the tapping has started or will start soon in Michigan, Quebec, Northeastern U.S. and wherever Maple trees grow...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Howdy and evening Chris

Chris my friend, the Sugar Houses got an early start on making Maple Syrup here this year. Some of the Vermont Sugar Houses owners were not real happy about it, they are a bit worried that these kind of early starts are going to cause lower sap in the Maple Trees of the area.

May the warm rays of Sunshine of happiness always find their way too and fall upon you and your family!

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) about 8 years ago

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