Still waiting on the weather to be able to get into the sugar bush to stretch lines and set up for tapping the maple trees...mother nature has us in a tight grip of winter. Long range forecast doesn't look good for getting into the bush in the next week. We are preparing the evaporator room for when the sap is flowing. Traditionally, sap doesn't run in Haliburton County consistently until around the 3rd week in March. Don't worry, there is still lots to see at Wintergreen. We are open for the season starting Sat. March 7 and through all of March and April Sat. and Sun. 9-4 p.m. come and tour the bush, have a meal, taste all our sample products, get a toy from the treasure box, and meet up with old friends. Spring has to come sooner or later!!!
At the Minden Cultural Centre Wintergreen gave samples of their "Fire and Ice" menu items during the Family Day Activities. The Theme was "hot" Wintergreen served Fire and Ice Pancakes (mini pancakes, pulled pork with Mango Hot Sauce, and topped with cool Coleslaw with hot sauce and maple syrup) Hot food sampling fun was had by all. This week we are busy with the Senior's Games, volunteering, providing gift baskets, and running a trade show at Pinestone on Wed. 18th to showcase all the wonderful things that happen in the Highlands throughout the whole year. Waiting for the temp. to increase to get our "Bush work" done for maple syrup production.
Lots of food production going on in the kitchen at wintergreen...topping up the shelves for opening at Syrup Season (first weekend in March). We have been making BBQ sauces, mustards, and jellies this week.
It is far too cold to be stretching lines in the sugarbush...so our time has been spent in the evaporator room, getting the evaporator set up with all the “rigging” in anticipation for a good syrup run this year.
If you are thinking about ordering your syrup for 2015, now would be a good time to get “in our books”. Production will start hopefully mid March...it's all up to Mother Nature.