The Hastings Stewardship Council presents “Maple Syrup: Sustainable Harvesting Then and Now,” the third presentation in their Winter Speaker Series on February 13 in Ivanhoe.
Maple Syrup has been a sustainable springtime ritual in Quinte and Eastern Canada for centuries. If you’d like to learn more about the history of syrup making, as well as the process and science behind maple syrup production, here is your opportunity.  Local producer, Gareth Metcalfe, will delve into syrup making over the years, exploring what has changed and what remains the same.
He has been tapping trees and making syrup for family and friends for more years than he is willing to admit. He will talk about maple syrup production in the early days, how techniques and equipment have evolved over the centuries, and will finish off with an instructional overview to allow you to start participating in this wonderful springtime tradition yourself. The event is suitable for all ages, and kids will love being learning more about this sticky subject.
Come spend an evening with us as we journey back in time to the first inhabitants of this area, through the arrival of the earliest settlers and forward through the 1900 into this century. Topics will include tapping equipment, sap collection and storage, boiling techniques and maple products.
Gareth also has many entertaining stories to tell about his experiences. Be forewarned though – maple syrup is addictive. Once you get a taste, you too might be making syrup every spring.

Attend “Maple Syrup : Sustainable Harvesting then and now” on Thursday, February 13 from 7 to 9 pm at the Huntington Veterans Community Hall, 11379 Highway 62, in Ivanhoe. An entrance fee of $5.00 per person (or a donation) will help cover costs. Children are free.

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