We were also privileged to be able to see a Maple Syrup Farm operating! We stayed the second half of the week with another family who we had a lot to do with over the summer we were in Wellandport. More on that in another post :). Pam and Ken took us out to a Maple Syrup Farm, called Sugar Bush in Agape Valley, who use their resources (i.e. maple trees) and grounds as an outreach! Here is a link for you to find out more if you would like: Agape Valley. Such a cool idea! Over summer Michaela and Grace joined Pam and Ken's girls for a day at a summer outreach camp Agape Valley runs. The farm/camp is run by a lot of volunteers which is pretty awesome!
|The 'old' methods of collecting the sap.|
(I actually bought a bucket in the shop as a souvenir)
|Enjoying a lovely breakfast!|
|Getting a ride on the farm to the Maple Trees|
|A lovely volunteer explaining to us the process :)|
|WOW! Isn't that amazing?|
|A more modern sophisticated system. |
The sap is gravity fed to the factory
|Can you see the sap running?|
|If you look carefully you will be able to see all the lines|
|The guide explained to us how Maple Syrup used to be made|
|Yes it was cold that day :)|
|A more modern system. The sap is transferred progressively up |
the vats until it reaches the syrup stage
|Maple Syrup Candy|
(Reminded us of the Little House on the Prairie books!)
Tasted very good!
|This is a reverse osmosis machine |
that takes out a lot of the water from the sap.
|This is where the final boiling down of the sap occurs. |
Once it reaches a certain temperate it opens a valve to release the Maple Syrup!
|I happened to be there at the right time with the camera |
to take a photo of the Syrup being finished!
|Grace, Kate and Zara|
|Checking the colour of the Syrup|
|Look at this beautiful display. I didn't buy anything as we knew we |
were very limited in what we could take back in our suitcases.
I hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about how Maple Syrup is made. As I said before, we didn't go to Canada at that particular time to see Maple Syrup being made, but it was a HUGE bonus!