Life is Sweet with Maple Syrup…
Our family has been making maple syrup since the 1970’s in our log sugar hut near Chesterville. After a long Canadian winter, there’s nothing sweeter than a day in the sugar bush!
Barkleyvale Farms has a rich history in sugarmaking. The maple season for us is a chance to connect with family and friends and share our passion for creating great maple products.
The Sugar Hut
With over 800 taps, our sugar bush combines timeless traditions with new technology. The restored, 1860’s log building was moved here by our family in the 1970’s from the Nation Valley. Inside the sugar hut, we have a high efficiency modern evaporator where we boil our sap. Heated with wood fire, the evaporator’s antique arch is original to the sugar bush, from the early 1900’s. The original stone fireplace used with iron kettles by early sugar-makers can still be found in the sugar bush.
The Sugar Bush
Making syrup is a family affair- from tapping trees to gathering buckets, everyone pitches in. Owners, Brian Barkley and Trisha Barkley, began producing maple syrup with Brian’s father, Egerton, in 1974. Brian Barkley is a Registered Professional Forester and his daughter, Erica Barkley is an Ecologist.
Brian Barkley and family at work in the sugar bush. Egerton Barkley driving Pet, the horse, to the sugar hut.
4 generations of Barkley’s have now been involved in making maple syrup. Extended family members and friends have pitched in to help with production and sales over the years, and it’s not uncommon to have visitors collect a bucket of sap (or two!).
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