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Garland Sugar Shack
(Featured Spotlight Producer July-September 2020)
Located in the Vars-Limoges area, the Garland sugar shack has been a family affair over generations. The current owners Yvan and Jocelyne Garland, with the help of their three children and friends, have been in operations for many years. Recently they have built a magnificent brand new sugar house.
Get to know the Garland family and their passion for all maple/sugar products. You can always come visit the Garland's at the Garland Sugar Shack in Vars, at the Orleans Farmers' Market on Thursdays, the Kanata Farmers' Market and/or the Westboro Farmers' Market on Saturdays, and the Ottawa Farmers' Market or Barrhaven Farmers' Market on Sundays.
The Garland's maple syrup production, consisting of over 5,000 taps and expanding, all started like most producers with a few hundred taps with buckets and boiling on a box stove. The family operation now consists of a 4'x16' wood-fired evaporator with sap collected from 4 different bushes of a mix of soft and hard maples with the help of a pipeline and vacuum pump.
As a compliment to the production of maple syrup, they've added transformation of their liquid gold to make these lip-smacking products: maple butter, maple candies, maple jelly, maple sugar, maple tarts, maple cones, maple popcorn and maple cotton candy. The newest addition to the family of maple sweetness is maple wine!