Sticky and Sweet in Lanark County

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Lanark Maple Syrup Producers— choose one on the map to get some yummy nummies–follow this map

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Photo from Lanark & District Museum

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Looking at the lack of snow in this photo it looks like it could be this year. It is, in fact, the early 1900’s. This picture was taken at George Mather’s Sugar Camp near Middleville, with Elva Mather, George Mather, Evan Craig and Robert Nairn.

 

Come and see early syrup producing artifacts at Thompsontown Maple Products on April 2 & 3 and enjoy the fruits of their labour.-Middleville & District Museum

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Photo from www.chronicallyvintage.com

Here in Canada, where we’re partial to everything from maple bacon to maple glazed salmon, maple (usually maple walnut, to be exact) ice cream to maple flavoured popcorn.

 
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Poto from images.ourontario.ca

William Snow and Family Making Maple Syrup

 

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If you’ve been to a sugar shack this season, you’ve seen Maple Syrup in the making. This is how it was done in the early 1900s.

Lanark Maple Syrup Producers— choose one to get some yumy nummies–follow this map

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Almonte Gazette

April 9 1897–Sugar and syrup making have been excellent the past ten days. Large quantities of syrup have been brought into the village for sale from 7oc. to $1 per gallon

Sandy Iwaniw –When I was a kid, we made syrup in a sugar shack just like the one in the picture from the 1900’s. Once the sap was boiling we had to stay up to stoke the wood stove with wood which meant sometimes we were up all night helping dad. We had no hydro at the sugar shack and used kerosene lamps for light. I remember looking forward to this every year even though it felt like hard work for a kid. I loved to lead the work horses back with the vat of sap to the sugar shack.

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Sticky Fingers – With Apologies to Edward Gorey –Wheeler’s Pancake House

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Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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  1. When I was a kid, we made syrup in a sugar shack just like the one in the picture from the 1900’s. Once the sap was boiling we had to stay up to stoke the wood stove with wood which meant sometimes we were up all night helping dad. We had no hydro at the sugar shack and used kerosene lamps for light. I remember looking forward to this every year even though it felt like hard work for a kid. I loved to lead the work horses back with the vat of sap to the sugar shack.

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