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October 2016 Newsletter

Until recently we have been having major internet issues.  We have changed to Xplornet and things seem to be running better.  We are sorry for any issues that this may have caused.  The plan is we will be back on schedule.

Well it’s the beginning of the fall season and lots to do to get ready for sap season.  It’s hard to believe but approximately 5 months until we tap.  The slab wood is done and in.  The wood for heat is done, stacked and covered.

A furnace was installed on the stage for our entertainers.  It should be quite a bit warmer for everyone.  Another heat run is being added.  Speaking of entertainers on the Saturday of Maple In the County (March 25th) Becky Elliott, Robyn Edgar and Dean Austin are performing in the morning and Ramblin Fever is performing in the afternoon.  Sunday of Maple in the County (March 26th) Kim Inch and Daughters of The King will be playing from 9am to noon.  The Reasons are performing from noon to 5.  Really looking forward to seeing them.  We are still fleshing out our entertainment.

Friday October 14th we were be at Savour at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Trenton.  It was a great night of food and drink.  Mary Jane Cunningham was there helping us so was Grant Latchford.  We are serving our Maple Tarts and the dip with tostitos scoops and glazed peanuts.   We had a great time and met a lot of new people.  We ran out of tarts, dip and nuts.  It was a great night.  There were a lot of county vendors there it was so nice to see them.  Lots of good food and good drink.


Grant Latchford, Mary Jane Cunninghma and Brian Walt at Savour.


Grant Latchford, Jane Breakell and Brian Walt at Savour.

Our store is open by chance or appointment.  If there is something that you want please let us know.  We are in Belleville and Trenton a couple of times a week and we would be happy to deliver.  We have syrup, maple butter, maple sugar, maple candies, chili sauce, beets and cucumber relish.  Gift baskets are available at any price point upon request.

Check out our facebook page.  Lots of new pictures have been added and there will be announcements regarding Maple in the County 2017.  Please email us if you would like to be on our email newsletter.  Our website is being updated as well.  If anyone has some photos that were taken at the Sugar Shack and would like to share them we will try to post them on our facebook page.

Recipe

Maple Stick Bun

Serves 9      Preheat oven to 400 degrees farenheit

½ cup finely chopped walnuts        ¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar

½ tsp ground cinnamon                  ½ cup pure maple syrup

½ cup + 1 tbsp cold butter             2 ¼ cups unbleached all purpose flour

1 tbsp baking powder                      ¾ tsp salt

1 cup milk

  • Mix together the walnuts, brown sugar and cinnamon set aside.
  • In a small pan bring the maple syrup and 4 tbsp of butter to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 30 seconds, then scrape into a 9 inch square baking pan.  Set aside.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Toss to mix.  Cut 4 tbsp of butter into ½ inch pieces, add to the flour mixture and cut it in until the butter is roughly the size of split peas.  Make a well in the mixture and add the milk.  Stir gently until the mixture forms a damp, cohesive mass.  If the dough seems a bit wet add a tad more flour.  Melt the remaining 1 tbsp butter in a small pan.
  • Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently 5 or 6 times. Using a rolling pin – roll the dough into the best 9 by 12 inch you can.  Brush the surface with the melted butter.
  • Cover the dough evenly with the brown sugar mixture. Patting it gently with your fingers.  Starting at the 9 inch edge roll up the dough.  Pinching at the seam to seal.  Cut into 9 1 inch slices.  And lay them flat in the baking pan with the syrup.  Bake for 25 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and invert onto a large plate. Scrape any of the syrup stuff from the pan and spread over the buns.  Be careful the syrup is hot.

If you have any favourite maple recipes and you would like to share them please send them to me and I will add them to our newsletter.