Ontario celebrates maple syrup harvest season

Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Photo: https://www.ontario.ca

Ontario is celebrating maple syrup harvest season by inviting families to enjoy all things maple that are produced in the province.

There are many ways to get a taste of this Ontario treat, including taking part in local events as part of Ontario’s Maple Weekend in the first weekend of April.

“Tapping maple trees is a tradition for more than 3,000 farmers across the province who spend fall and winter preparing the trees for sap collection,” said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “I invite you to visit a sugar house to learn about the care and passion with which our farmers produce the very finest maple syrup.”

In 2018, Ontario’s maple syrup production experienced growth due to a longer season – with an increase in volume of 9.4 per cent for a total of 2.1 million litres, and more than $25 million in product sales.

Quick facts:

  • Ontario is ranked second largest producer of maple syrup in the country; Canada produces 80 per cent of the world’s maple syrup.
  • More than 3,000 maple farms across the province are celebrating harvest season with festivals and events across the province until late April.
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