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Maple Syrup News May 2011

  • 26

    Ryan Reynolds Reveals, 'I Only Drink Panda Tears' and maple syrup!

    "He constantly talks of the healing powers of maple syrup," she mused. "I don’t know if that’s a Canadian trait, but it’s always uncomfortable when it comes up."

    Uncomfortable? No way, dude. Ryan Reynolds and maple syrup clearly go more ways than one, if you get our meaning.

    ...What? You mean you don't have recurring dreams about the Canadian hottie erupting from a bottle labeled "Pure Maple SEXY"?

  • 19

    New Brunswick Maple Syrup Association donates copies of its new recipe book to public libraries

    The New Brunswick Maple Syrup Association has donated 71 copies of its new recipe book to all New Brunswick public libraries and bookmobiles.

    Entitled Maple Delights of New Brunswick, the book contains 40 bilingual recipes provided by maple syrup producers, chefs and the general public. This publication was a labour of love and respect for the natural treasure that is appreciated not only in New Brunswick, but also around the world.

    From appetizers to desserts, the book includes a wide variety of recipes. All recipes were selected for their appearance, taste and preparation time.

    "This book is a great celebration of the diversity of cooking possibilities offered by maple syrup. We are very pleased to make these recipes available to the general public," said Yvon Poitras, general manager of the New Brunswick Maple Syrup Association.

    This is the second donation of this kind to the New Brunswick Public Libraries Foundation from the New Brunswick Maple Syrup Association.

    For more information, contact the nearest public library or visit the library service website:

    For more information on the New Brunswick Public Libraries Foundation, or to donate to public libraries in New Brunswick, visit the:

    The public is also invited to purchase the recipe book for $15 by contacting the Maple Syrup Association at (506) 458-8889 or by email at

  • 18

    The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers to donate $23,712 to the Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation

    For the 6th year running, the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers is continuing with two traditions which it considers very important. The first of these is its annual Christmas can, which features the winning entry of an art contest aimed at children aged between 7 and 12. The can is produced by Sucreries Beaurivage and is sold at all Quebec IGA and IGA extra stores. The second tradition is a donation to the Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation of $1 for every can sold. As a result, this year the Federation is donating $23,712 to the Foundation, which amounts to $8,000 more than last year.

  • 10

    Schumer hopes to tap into farm bill money to boost maple syrup sales

    With its abundance of maple trees, and proximity to markets, New York State could rival Vermont and Quebec in maple syrup output. But there are still barriers to growth, and a lack of historical production in some areas, that is causing the state to miss out on that potential.

    In a recent study, Michael Farrell, director of Cornell University’s Uihlein Forest, a maple research farm in the Adirondack Mountains, found that New York State was vastly under-tapping its ample maple trees. The maple industry generates $12 million for New York, but could explode to $92 million if the state realized its full potential, Farrell said.

    “There are some counties where there is an enormous potential of trees, but very little production,” Farrell said.

  • 09

    BusinessView: What Can Investors Learn from Maple Syrup Producers?

    Here’s a fun fact: Canada produces about 80% of the world’s supply of maple syrup, according to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. And we’ve just finished the big production season, which runs from February through April, so now it’s time to enjoy the fruits of our labours. Even if you are not personally involved in making maple syrup, you can apply some of the lessons of its creation to other aspects of your life — such as your investment strategy.

  • 05

    How to make perfect pancakes

    Whether it's gooey, rich chocolate, flaming boozy bananas or fresh blueberries with tangy yoghurt and crunchy muesli, there's a pancake topping to delight every mum.

    All three are at home atop Sunday-morning pancakes, though never at the same time. Even the classic salty-sweet combo of bacon and syrup is a more-than-adequate companion for fluffy pancakes. A few crispy strips doused with sticky sweetness is a classic breakfast combo.

    May 8 is Mother's Day, and that's the occasion when small cooks - and big people who don't normally cook - take to the kitchen. Advertisement: Story continues below

    The troops like to marshal there in the morning to give mum a few more minutes to loll around in bed. (We don't want to burst your bubble completely, but she is probably not sleeping but rather fretting over the mess you're making. Do her the biggest favour of all and clean up.)

  • 05

    Maple Syrup Pizza!

    It’s time for the Sap Fest! So, now you can put Maple Syrup on anything, right? Well, if not everything, how about Pizza? Yup, Pizza. My favorite food. It’s been happening at Timber Creek, in Shepherd, MI for about a year. Now that it’s Maple Syrup Festival Weekend, it’s time to dive in.

  • 02

    Seeking out the real food in our processed food world

    More than two weeks into our family's 100 Days of Real Food pledge I felt like I'd been jumping through hoops to keep our kids on track. Getting our typical 3- and 5-year-old children to avoid all highly processed food and refined ingredients - including white flour and sugar - was certainly not an easy or stress-free task. Social outings had by far been the hardest part, but even though playing referee and making all of this work for the kids was a good distraction, the truth is that sticking to the pledge was not easy for me either!

    Before our switch to real food I was eating sweets after almost every meal, making my sandwiches on store-bought white bread, and indulging in deep-fried foods whenever my heart desired. I'd never before been on a diet, not that our real food pledge was a "diet" because it was more of a lifestyle change, but this was the first time I had to restrict myself from any type of food - ever. After reading the work of Michael Pollan though we could not help but look at food in a whole new light and be inspired to make some immediate and drastic changes.

    So we set out on our mission to cut out processed food because we thought it was the right thing to do. How could you not be convinced though when such a change unexpectedly and suddenly made your young daughter's constipation and asthma completely disappear? There was no question that I was on board, but no matter how much I believed in our mission it didn't necessarily make having to follow through and actually avoid certain foods easy.

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