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Not Happy in Happy Valley? Head up to the French Line for some Sweet Marie


Holy cow, I don’t want to get in trouble, so this blog is for information purposes only! What you choose to do with it– well, don’t tell me. Before you start, check the laws in your local area, some places you cant even own a still let alone use it to make a drinkable product.



                           St. Declans- Bytown.net

Seems when Happy Valley off of Townline in our fair town of Carleton Place couldn’t provide the liquid jollies, it was mentioned in the newspaper that a few of our prominent citizens headed up to the French Line where they were introduced to Sweet Marie. No folks, Marie was not a lassie, but a liquid distilled from potatoes, and it was said to have a wallop or kick to it equal to that of a cantankerous mule.



This recipe is from the Moonshine Recipe Library

  • This recipe is adjustable. If you would like to make 5 or 20 gallons, easily half or double recipe.
  • 10gal. of Fermenter
  • 20lbs. of White Sugar
  • 2.5lbs. of Potatoes
  • 1 Can (12oz) of Tomato Paste
  • 1 Lemon (1 Large, or 3 Small)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Baker’s Yeast (Ex. Fleischmann’s or Red Star)
  • Option One:
  • For a great fermenter use Brute trashcans.
  • Two: Check your local donut shop free or cheap old filling buckets. Go for the five gallon size.
  • Three: You can also buy brand new five gallon paint buckets, making sure that they are plastic. Note: Later on while making 10 gallons of mash it is easier to mix in one bucket but the downside is that it becomes very hard to move a 10 gallon bucket after filling with mix. Splitting mix into two 5 gallon buckets makes it easier to move but harder to mix

Related reading:

From the Files of The Canadian — Who is This? Where is This?






There is today and has been since the mid 1830s a French settlement in Darling Township. It is still known as the French Line. The French from Lower Canada were among the first in the area as they made up part of the crew of the survey teams for the original surveys. The greater part, however, arrived here as a direct result of the political strife of 1837-38. The village of St. Benoit, Cte. Deux Montages, was burned to the ground in reprisal for the affair of St. Eustace. The families Majore, Cardinal and Lalonde all came from St. Benoit and even as I was growing up the story of “La Grande Brulee” was still being told. Others (the Rangers) came from Coteau du Lac. The economy was as chaotic then as now and they came because of the work commencing in the timber industry in Lanark. Some arrived by way of the Upper Ottawa and the rest came via Brockville and Perth.- Lanark County Genealogy Society