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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Maple Syrup Tour Today

Grey County | by Daryl Morris  

You can learn more about the production of maple syrup in Grey County today.

A small maple syrup tour in Grey County is expecting to grow in its third year.

The Kemble Maple Syrup Tour takes place today.

Committee member Bonnie Howe says they are excited for this year's event, as they have added to it.

She says eight local farms will open their doors to share different techniques to making maple syrup.

Howe says they wanted this tour to be different from others, and to highlight Grey County maple syrup, which she says is the best in the world due to the soils on the Niagara Escarpment.

But Howe adds it's been a tough year for maple syrup producers, because of the mild weather that hit so early.

She says a sap harvesting season that normally lasts 3 weeks was over in nine days.

Howe says local producers are down to making just 16 to 32 per cent of what they would normally yield.

She says those with more advanced technologies still made over 50 per cent less than normal.

At this year's maple tour, there will also be guest speakers from the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority and the Lands and Forests Consulting firm.

Howe says they will talk with producers about woodlot management.

The tour runs from 10 AM to 4 PM and you can pick up a passport at either the Kemble or Sarawak United Churches, or the Zion Keppel United Church.

All of the proceeds from the tour go to support the three churches.


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