Get your maple on… in the Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario this spring

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Lanark County sugarbushes offering online maple syrup and pancakes brunches.

Spring has officially sprung, and here in Lanark County, the sweet scent of maple syrup is in the air. Sugarbushes have already begun boiling to produce this year’s crop of sweet liquid gold, and we are eager to savour the sweet bounty of the first agricultural crop of the year.

There is nowhere this is more welcome than in Lanark County, where our reputation as the Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario is well deserved. We have so many sugarbushes here in our area, all working hard to keep us stocked with syrup and other maple treats, all year long.

Normally as the weather gets warmer, we would be packing up our car to visit a local sugarbush, enjoy the fresh air and pick up some sweet maple syrup, male butter, maple taffy and more. This year the pandemic means not all sugarbushes will be welcoming visitors, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t still enjoy all the sweet maple products we’ve come to know and love.

Instead of travelling to a local sugarbush this year, bring the sugarbush home from these local producers offering online shopping and takeout pancake brunches.

You can still have a pancake brunch

Nothing beats a fresh batch of maple syrup… unless it is syrup poured over a steaming stack of pancakes! Pancakes breakfasts are a staple of the start of maple season, and just because you might not be able to visit most sugarbushes doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy an epic pancake brunch from the comfort of your own home – and the best thing is you won’t even need to change out of your pyjamas to get it.

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  • Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugarbush is offering online breakfast bundles where you can choose between family-sized, romantic couples, or personal bundles for a personalized at home experience you can order from their website. If you are looking for a more traditional pancake breakfast, you can head to their sugarbush for some Grab’N’Go takeout – all you need is a lawn chair to sit and enjoy your meal and the beautiful spring outdoors.
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  • Temple’s Sugar Bush offers a delicious takeout pancake breakfast that is available for curbside pickup, Friday to Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Choose between their buttermilk pancake meal, complete with three pancakes, maple glazed ham, homemade beans, and Temple’s maple syrup, or their wild blueberry special, egg frittata, beans, biscuits, and more. To order for takeout or for maple syrup and other products you can order online, call 613-253-7000, or email syrup@templessugarbush.ca.
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  • Wheeler’s Pancake House is open for business this spring, with reservation only seating at their pancake house from Thursday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can also order their delicious syrup and maple products online for curbside pickup or delivery by Canada Post.

 

Maple syrup and everything else

If you aren’t in the mood for pancakes and would just like some fresh maple syrup, you can order from one of the local producers below.  While you’re on site picking up your syrup you can also wander the sugarbush trails at Temple’s, Fulton’s, and Wheelers.

Branson Family Sugar Bush This sugarbush is located near Elphin and is offering local pickup or shipping for any online maple syrup orders. Branson Family Sugar Bush was started after Wendy and Dave Branson started making maple syrup as a family activity. Check out their website to see their sweet offerings!

Fortune Farms Family owned and operated located near Almonte, Fortunate Farms offers delicious maple products to choose from, including maple butter, maple vinegar, pure maple sugar and, of course, maple syrup. Fortune Farms offers local pickup, local delivery or shipping for online orders. 

Thompsontown Maple Located near Clayton, Thompsontown is a family-owned operation and are known for their quality syrup and maple products. Their online store offers everything from syrup to maple butter, and they also offer conveniently packaged maple bundles that include more than one product so you can get your maple fix. Order online for shipping or curbside pick-up.

Wheelers Maple Syrup These folks are located outside of McDonald’s Corners and are well known for their delicious syrup. You can order maple syrup, maple butter, maple candies, and even some cool Wheelers swag from their online store for shipping or curbside pick-up.

Temple’s Sugar Bush If you’re looking for everything you need for an at-home maple-inspired meal, you’ll find it here. Located near Lanark Village, Temple’s online store offers maple syrup, maple butter, maple granola and their famous buttermilk pancake mix. Order online for curbside pick-up or drop by in person Fridays to Sundays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. and browse their maple shop. Masks and social distancing in-store are required.

Fulton’s Sugar Bush This sugarbush is worth the drive! Located just outside Pakenham in Mississippi Mills, Fulton’s Sugar Bush is family-owned and proud of it. Shop online for maple syrup, maple butter, maple sugar, maple preserves, maple spices (they have a fun one for popcorn!) and their famous pancake mix. Fulton’s also offers a unique line of skincare products called “Maple Luscious” that are sweetly luxurious, with a hint of maple.

 

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