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ONTARIO MAPLE SYRUP PRODUCERS

April 4-5 2020

Wightman Sugar Bush

Lancaster, Ontario

Hosts: Jim and Cheryl Wightman

The sugar bush has been owned by the Wightman’s since 1937.  Prior to that syrup was made on the property up until the 1930’s by the previous owner, the Grant family.  Jim has been making syrup since he was 10 years old, when he and his younger brother tapped 40 trees around the house.  They boiled the sap on an old wood fired kitchen stove which was set up in the bush.  From 1978 to 2010, Jim was making maple syrup with a friend at the friend’s sugar camp.  In 1985 sap was once again being collected on the home farm with a newly installed gravity tubing system.   Then in 2011 Jim opened his own modernized maple operation.  He currently has 5000 taps on a high vacuum system, a forced air wood fired evaporator with automatic take-off, reverse osmosis equipment, a filtration system, bottling system, as well as maple butter & maple candy machines.  Our syrup products have travelled to all seven continents (including Antarctica).  In Nov 2016, Wightman Sugar Bush competed at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto and placed in the top 6 of 4 categories.

Maple Weekend highlights

Taffy on snow

Sample maple syrup, butter, sugar & candy

Walking trail to Jim’s log cabin

Tour of sugar house

Pure maple products for sale

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5488 1st. Line Rd., Lancaster, ON
613-551-7897