submitted by Donna Ross, MDHS

The Merrickville and District Historical Society invites you to our next lecture on Tuesday, March 28, 7 PM at the Merrickville Legion. The month of March is maple syrup time, so our lecture is timely: “Maple Production Through the Years”.  

Norma Banford of Golden Moment Farm will take us through the history of maple production from the early days when Indigenous peoples harvested the sap with its sweet and woody flavour from the maple trees of Canada to Norma and John Banford’s sleek, machinery-operated production in Athens. The operation, the maple syrup processing equipment, the bottling, and the quality control of the products used at Golden Moment Farm are impressive.  Norma and John started small in 1997 and over the last 25 years of maple production, their business has grown to produce and sell quality maple syrup and maple products throughout the Leeds and Grenville area.

If you are familiar with the sugar shack in the forest, sugaring-off parties, maple syrup taffy on snow or tapping yours and neighbours’ maple trees, this presentation has a lot to offer you. Or maybe a new-found hobby will come of it! Join us for an evening of listening, learning, and asking questions to a maple production expert. You might even get a chance to purchase something sweet from the trees! And enjoy a treat from Violets on Main Bakery while you listen!


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