Ontario experienced many of the same weather patterns as the rest of the maple producing belt. Areas close to the great lakes in the far southwest of the province saw early runs with an earlier than normal finish due to the warm spell in mid March affecting flavour somewhat.
The eastern and northern part of Ontario had an exceptional year with steady flows of sap with high sugar percentage. Grades ran from golden to lots of lighter amber with dark and very dark only made at the very end. Even very dark syrup did not have the overly very strong taste normally associated with that grade. As a result dark and very dark are in short supply.
Some producers are sharing that they may not see a production year like this for another 10 years or so. Due to the general coolness ( apart from mid March spell) of the season, flavour is reported as outstanding.
The Ontario Maple Syrup Producers’ Association Annual General Meeting and Summer Tour is scheduled for July 14,15,16 in Peterborough Ontario ( Trent University). Go to omspa.ca for details. Everyone welcome as OMSPA celebrates 50 years!
OMSPA Immediate Past President
IMSI Director for Ontario