Tree tapping event at local sugar bush planned to kick off maple syrup season

MINTO – R-Lil Golden Treats Maple Sweets is inviting the public to its First Tapping Day for the 2020 season.

“We are beginning our seventh season in the sugar bush. Our 1,000 taps have become 1,300 as we have now tapped the last section of our bush,” states a press release from owners Ron and Lillian Grubb.

The R-Lil sugar shack is in the middle of a 14-acre maple bush, located on Wellington Road 5, between Palmerston and Harriston. Sap is collected via a pipeline system, put through a reverse osmosis machine and then boiled in a wood-fired arch evaporator which is equipped with automatic draw-off.

“Collecting, boiling sap and making maple syrup in the spring has become our passion,”  the Gubbs note.

Maple syrup, maple butter, maple sugar candy, lollipops and popcorn will also be available to purchase at the R-LIL Sweet Treat store.

“We will be accepting donations for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, so that they will be able to raise awareness, support, and funds for those suffering from Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Any donation amount will be appreciated,” the release states

The official tapping will be held at 11am on Feb. 21.

Maple syrup samples and other treats will be available and attendees will have the opportunity to check out the sugar shack and sugar bush before the season begins.