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WATERLOO-WELLINGTON MAPLE WEEKEND REPORT

IMG_20160402_120707 (2)Brrrrr, that’s one of many things we’ll remember about our first Maple Weekend. It was a busy couple of days around our sugar house with our syrup season coming to an end a few days earlier, and cleaning and setting up.  Customers were very happy with the thought of coming out and seeing where and how Maple Syrup is made.  The OMSPA Maple Weekend website was a great help for a number of new people to find us. 

 
The Waterloo 4-H Maple Syrup club members’ were there both days of Maple weekend. The 4-H members had a number of displays and a couple of tables full of maple syrup equipment.   The 4-H club had 6 meetings this year, they learned all about maple from the tree to table. Their goal for the day was to pass on what they had learned in the Maple syrup club, to people visiting Maple weekend. They did a great job educating people on the production of Maple Syrup.  

  In Waterloo-Wellington we had a small group of producers take part this year on April 2-3. For the most part producers were pleased with the day’s event. The first year we had a lot of unknowns and it was a little tricky with our producers spread out over 150km. Hopefully in the next few years as Maple Weekend becomes more popular with producers, travel distances will shorten. 

 
The Elmira Maple Syrup Festival was held the Saturday of Maple Weekend. I think these events offer two different aspects and allow people to enjoy more of Maple Syrup experience.

 
Remember the event is open to everyone, so even other producers can go check out the guys next door too! Can’t wait till next year, the Maple Weekend Ball is Rolling. 

Kevin Snyder
Snyder Heritage Farms

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Write-up for the W/W info day

i-phone  jan  11-2015 182It was a cold and blustery day ! Still lots of highways closed in Grey/Bruce. Never-the-less we had a crowd of 150 out to our Info day in St.Jacobs.!
 
Registration opened at 9am and The day started at 10:00 sharp with our Presidents Opening Remarks. Fred shared his years of wisdom and an overview of 2014 ! A big ‘hit’ every year !
 
Next up was Lorne Brubacher and our Annual Meeting.
Why does the room go ‘Deathly” Quiet when they ask for nominations from the floor??!
 
Our New Executives are listed at the bottom! Congrats to everyone !
 
Dr Curtis Russell
Gave us a very informative talk on Tics and Lyme Disease
 
Terry Hoover  1st Vice of OMSPA
Covered the WOWE day held in Nov 2014…touched on the Focus Groups held by Foodland Ont
AND gave a quick presentation on what it’s like to be on a Summer Tour  which is hosted by ‘US’ on July 9-11 2015
 
Ray Bonenberg
Covered OMSPA activities. All the things we have done in 2014 AND what we are planning on in the near future.
 
Hot Lunch enjoyed by all
Ham and Scalloped Potatoes followed by your choice of  10 different pies !!
 
After lunch a Producer Panel  covered questions from the audience
everything from sustainable tapping to Preventing Mold during packaging.
 
Dr Brenda Murphy gave an excellent speech that covered Maple production from the 1600’s to now.
 
Todd Leuty
covered ‘available water’ and the latest developments from IMSI
 
Paul Bailey
covered the new CFI regs and Dr Miller’s mold study
 
Steve Bedard from Lappierre
Gave a very informative talk on Tubing Installation Techniques.
 
We had an update on the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival
 
Last and certainly the best presentation(I thought so)
Was from the ‘New’ President Terry Hoover
on the Vermont Maple Weekend and all the open houses from the 4 main dealer’s all within a 10 minute drive of St. Albans Vt.
and a quick look at JR Sloan’s maple operation(Largest in Vermont)
Only 130,000 taps ! 
 
OUR NEW EXECUTIVE
President            Terry Hoover
Past President    Fred Martin
Sec/Tres.            Al Murray
Directors          Dan Goetz
                         Dale Martin
                         Kevin Snyder
                         Edgar Gingrich
                         Albert Martin
Provincial Directors   Terry Hoover
                                   Dan Goetz

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