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  • Post #31 - March 7th, 2014, 11:27 am
    Post #31 - March 7th, 2014, 11:27 am Post #31 - March 7th, 2014, 11:27 am
    Québec, which is the largest producer, is also in on this scheme. So, if you're dealing with the cans of Québec sirop d'erable, you'd best memorize the new labels. :wink:

    Geo
    Sooo, you like wine and are looking for something good to read? Maybe *this* will do the trick! :)
  • Post #32 - March 8th, 2014, 2:36 pm
    Post #32 - March 8th, 2014, 2:36 pm Post #32 - March 8th, 2014, 2:36 pm
    This past summer, we had breakfast at Sugar Moon Farm in Nova Scotia. It's a maple syrup farm which also serves outstanding pancakes in their restaurant. They sell early-season maple syrup as well as late-season maple syrup; in their words, "The early season syrup will be lighter in colour and have a delicate maple flavour. The late season syrup will be much darker in colour and will have a stronger flavour with caramel overtones (especially if it was the end of season syrup)."

    They sell their maple syrup, but unfortunately, they don't ship outside of NS. If you're ever in NS:

    Sugar Moon Farm
    (902) 657 -3348
    Toll free: 1 - 866 - 816 - 2753
    221 Alex MacDonald Road
    Earltown, Nova Scotia, Canada B0K 1V0

    We also bought flavor-infused maple syrup made in Nova Scotia. Here are the flavors available:

    • Vanilla, Cinnamon & Star Anise
    • Cinnamon, Nutmeg & Cloves
    • Lavender & Chai
    • Chipotle & Lemongrass
    • Gastrique - Ginger & Apple Cider Vinegar

    We bought it at Gaspereau Vineyards. Here's the info for the folks who make it:

    Pure Infused Maple Syrup
    Hutchinson Acres Farm
    Lake Paul, Nova Scotia, Canada
    902-844-2035
  • Post #33 - April 19th, 2020, 2:54 pm
    Post #33 - April 19th, 2020, 2:54 pm Post #33 - April 19th, 2020, 2:54 pm
    My brother-in-law has a friend in Virginia that has his own maple syrup business. He taps the trees, boils down the syrup, makes candy and other products, and sells it online, and at farmer's markets, fairs and festivals. The sap ran much better than predicted, so he has plenty of product, but shelter-at-home will cause him to lose much of his face-to-face business. Here's his website https://brucessyrupandcandies.com/. Check it out. I'm placing an order tomorrow.

    Bruce's Syrup & Candies
    Blue Grass, VA
    540-474-5661
    Ms. Ingie
    Life is too short, why skip dessert?
  • Post #34 - January 21st, 2021, 8:15 pm
    Post #34 - January 21st, 2021, 8:15 pm Post #34 - January 21st, 2021, 8:15 pm
    Bruce was interviewed regarding how much work is involved in his business:

    https://bluegrasscabin.com/2021/01/20/t ... g-process/

    Ms. Ingie wrote:My brother-in-law has a friend in Virginia that has his own maple syrup business. He taps the trees, boils down the syrup, makes candy and other products, and sells it online, and at farmer's markets, fairs and festivals. The sap ran much better than predicted, so he has plenty of product, but shelter-at-home will cause him to lose much of his face-to-face business. Here's his website https://brucessyrupandcandies.com/. Check it out. I'm placing an order tomorrow.

    Bruce's Syrup & Candies
    Blue Grass, VA
    540-474-5661
    Ms. Ingie
    Life is too short, why skip dessert?
  • Post #35 - January 22nd, 2021, 7:56 pm
    Post #35 - January 22nd, 2021, 7:56 pm Post #35 - January 22nd, 2021, 7:56 pm
    What a great company! I placed my order online and he called me to take it over the phone and explain the products I ordered to me.
  • Post #36 - January 23rd, 2021, 6:05 pm
    Post #36 - January 23rd, 2021, 6:05 pm Post #36 - January 23rd, 2021, 6:05 pm
    Gypsy Boy wrote:I made my post on the process in Josephine's thread but I have to ask: is grade C available anywhere except by purchasing directly from the makers? It's hard enough to find grade B anymore, I'd love to get my hands on the next grade if it can be had....


    Actually, I just cracked open a bottle of Grade C syrup or my FIL calls "burn-off" syrup, the last syrup of the run.

    Normally, we would have a quantity - several quarts of maple syrup in our pantry. However, since we have not been in Ohio since March, we are down to the last bottle. Also, my FIL did not make maple syrup in 2020 as he needed his hip replaced.

    The syrup has a note of bitterness that leaves an aftertaste. It is not a syrup that you would like to eat straight up but would work in many baked applications like a syrup cake.
  • Post #37 - January 23rd, 2021, 6:15 pm
    Post #37 - January 23rd, 2021, 6:15 pm Post #37 - January 23rd, 2021, 6:15 pm
    I thought there want anything called "C" anymore, it's Grade A Dark Amber.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #38 - January 25th, 2021, 9:43 am
    Post #38 - January 25th, 2021, 9:43 am Post #38 - January 25th, 2021, 9:43 am
    JoelF wrote:I thought there want anything called "C" anymore, it's Grade A Dark Amber.


    That is now my fairly certain understanding as well: because producers (or at least a significant number of them) were concerned that labeling the syrup anything except Grade A was confusing to consumers (who apparently, in their estimation, were unable to understand that Grades B and C were not lesser quality), the industry now calls everything Grade A and distinguishes by "color." Thus what used to be Grade B is now Grade A, "Dark Amber."
    Gypsy Boy

    "I am not a glutton--I am an explorer of food." (Erma Bombeck)
  • Post #39 - January 25th, 2021, 11:17 am
    Post #39 - January 25th, 2021, 11:17 am Post #39 - January 25th, 2021, 11:17 am
    diane ck wrote:What a great company! I placed my order online and he called me to take it over the phone and explain the products I ordered to me.

    Does Bruce ship? Can I ask how much shipping was? The syrup itself looks to be very reasonably priced.
  • Post #40 - January 25th, 2021, 12:37 pm
    Post #40 - January 25th, 2021, 12:37 pm Post #40 - January 25th, 2021, 12:37 pm
    tjr wrote:
    diane ck wrote:What a great company! I placed my order online and he called me to take it over the phone and explain the products I ordered to me.

    Does Bruce ship? Can I ask how much shipping was? The syrup itself looks to be very reasonably priced.

    https://brucessyrupandcandies.com/contact/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #41 - January 25th, 2021, 8:47 pm
    Post #41 - January 25th, 2021, 8:47 pm Post #41 - January 25th, 2021, 8:47 pm
    Thanks. So maple syrup turns out to be a lot cheaper than either I remembered or it used to be. Saw a quart of Lincoln County Reserve from Merrill, WI for $10 at Woodman's today. And Menards, of all places, has it for $9 on sale. Grade A dark amber, guess that's the old grade B?
  • Post #42 - January 30th, 2021, 6:50 pm
    Post #42 - January 30th, 2021, 6:50 pm Post #42 - January 30th, 2021, 6:50 pm
    Gypsy Boy wrote:I made my post on the process in Josephine's thread but I have to ask: is grade C available anywhere except by purchasing directly from the makers? It's hard enough to find grade B anymore, I'd love to get my hands on the next grade if it can be had....


    Here's what Bruce has to say on the subject:

    The new grading system actually doesn't use a b and c any more. We still use the older system just because that is what most around here are familiar with. The grade c was really strong and made when the sap is turning white and thick similar to a gel. We have never made c for it is really hard on the equipment. The new grading system is delicate, rich, robust and strong. Strong would be the old c or commercial grade. If they are looking for c they should search for "strong".
    Ms. Ingie
    Life is too short, why skip dessert?
  • Post #43 - November 25th, 2021, 8:22 pm
    Post #43 - November 25th, 2021, 8:22 pm Post #43 - November 25th, 2021, 8:22 pm
    While high gas prices have pushed President Biden to tap into the US's strategic oil reserves, America's neighbor to the north is also dealing with a shortage of another so-called "liquid gold".
    https://www.npr.org/2021/11/25/10592361 ... pad&f=1053
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard

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