Maple Syrup – A Photo Diary

In true Canucker fashion we celebrated maple month, by visiting our local sugarbush. From a tractor ride to sampling sap straight from the tree tap, our experience at Horton Tree Farms was the epitome of spring fun!

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Upon arrival, we jumped on the tractor while soaking in the fresh air and beautiful surroundings. Ready for an adventure!

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As its name suggests, Horton Tree Farm doubles as a Christmas tree farm.

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So much to do, where to start?

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“Sugar maple sap is 3% sugar, 96% water. Sap flows in the trunk only when it thaws by day and freezes at night. This occurs for 4-5 weeks in the springs. Tapholes are bored 5-6 cm, into the sapwood. Each hole may yield 20-40 litres of sap in a season.”
– Horton Tree Farms

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Remember these?

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Did you know, it takes 40 litres of sap to make one litre of maple syrup?

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The sap must be boiled, to evaporate the water content. As the water evaporates, the sap thickens and caramelizes.

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A Canadian spring – too cold to swim but too warm to skate. We will settle for sunshine.

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“North American natives discovered maple syrup thousands of years ago. This was one of the few natural sources of sugar available to them. To natives, syrup making is a spiritual event, representing balance between men and women. The sap represents woman and the fire represents man. When the two are brought together in perfect balance, sweet syrup is made representing the children.”
– Horton Tree Farms

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After our adventure, we could not wait to dig into a plate full of maple syrup drenched pancakes. Good news: It was better than we could have dreamed. Bad news: We were so excited, we forgot cameras existed.

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While working off the pancakes, we made a lovely new friend.

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Is it too early to be thinking about Christmas?

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Shaded haystacks and vintage skates: The end to a perfect day.

Plaid: J.Crew (similar) Chinos: J.Crew Cap: Bass Pro Shops Sunglasses: Spy Optic
Watch: G-Shock (similar) Running Boots: Pajar CANADIAN BRAND (similar)

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HOCKEY SLANG 101

Rink rats and hockey fans have developed a unique hockey lingo, fostered over endless hours spent in the arena. To the rest of us English speakers, it might as well be Dothraki.

The list below will guide you through hockey season and might also help decipher our new favourite comedy show, Letterkenny.

The immensely popular Youtube series turned Crave TV original: Letterkenny, follows Wayne and his comedic friends, while they sort out life, love and hockey in their small fictional town of Letterkenny, Ontario.

1452546553655Watch Letterkenny: Power Pose, here.

BARN: Arena or rink.

BAR DOWN: A shot that hits the crossbar and ricochets into goal.

BEAUTY: Excellent. Often times used to describe a play or player.

BISCUIT: Hockey puck.

CLAPPER: Slap shot.

DANGLE: Clever and deceptive puck handling.

FLOW: Long hockey hair.

MITTS: A nifty set of hands or a players gloves.

PYLON: A slow skating player that can be easily skated around or appears to be standing still.

SNOW: A hockey player coming to an abrupt full stop in front of another player, showering them in snow.

SAUCE: A puck passed through the air, which lands directly before contact of your teammates stick.

SNIPE: A powerfully accurate shot on net, which scores a goal.

TWIG (aka. Weapon): Hockey sticks were historically made of wood. The material has since changed to composite, but the colloquial term twig remains.