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Friday, February 17, 2017

Provincial First Tapping Ceremony

Oro-Medonte Township | by Ian MacLennan  
Start of the maple season has been launched.

A sure sign that spring is around the corner, as Shaw's in Oro-Medonte Township hosted a provincial first tapping ceremony today.

Local producers and dignitaries attended the event,  to celebrate the $53 million dollar maple industry in Ontario.

Jack McFadden, spokesman for the Simcoe And District Maple Producers Association, says the business is weather dependent.

The sap generally moves up and down the tree when the daytime temperature hovers a few degrees above zero, and when it gets down at night to between minus 2 and minus 4 degrees.

Since 2015,  the provincial association has hosted 'Maple Weekend," which is the first weekend in April.

McFadden says the public is invited to tour the maple syrup business,  see the producation facilities in operation, and get a chance to talk to the producers.

The Maple Syrup Bush at Shaw's has over 4,000 trees all connected with tubes that collect about 160,000 litres of watery maple sap each season.

McFadden says the beauty of sap is that it is pure, adding nothing is taken away except for the water.

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