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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