Ontario Celebrates the Sweetest Season
Enjoy a Taste of the 2 Million Litres of Maple Syrup Produced in Ontario
TORONTO - Ontario's Government for the People 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.
Agriculture is a vital and important contributor to the provincial economy. By improving Ontario's financial health, we will further improve the environment in which agri-food businesses operate, so they can create jobs and grow our economy.
Our government's first budget, to be released April 11, will detail our plan to put Ontario back on the path to fiscal balance in a responsible manner, so that we can preserve and protect the vital public services - our schools, hospitals and other services - we all rely on, and make life for farmers more affordable.
- 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.
- Maple syrup, made from the sap of primarily sugar, red, soft and black maple trees, is a natural product with no additives and is a source of vitamins and minerals.
- Warm days and freezing nights make sap flow from trees. It takes 40-45 litres of maple sap to make one litre of maple syrup.