Lisa recently discovered that beekeeping gives her a buzz! After enjoying a workshop, and doing lots of research, she decided to bring some hives to the Golden Treasure Maple Syrup property and try her hand at running an apiary.
The “nucs” (nucleus colonies) are on their way in the spring. They’re basically a beekeeping starter kit; Lisa’s hoping the bees will like their new digs, and will stick around to start providing us with some honey during the coming years.
This project will take a while to find its feet (wings?); eventually we’re hoping to be able to bring tour groups through, and show them our maple syrup process–as well as our happy bee colony. Lisa is busy planning her bee paradise; the biggest challenge is probably keeping the bears away, since they already like to pop by to sample the flowing tree sap in the spring.
Wish us luck; we’re really looking forward to this new experiment!
Renovations are underway! We’re working on some changes to the Golden Treasure Maple Syrup location; we’re increasing the size of our bottling area, and adding more work space – to help us create new maple syrup products! Check out our construction photos below.
We still have some wholesale barrels of syrup left from this year’s crop; we are also open for bush tours, if you’d like to come and check us out (after hunting season!)
We’ve added a new recipe to the site: Wild Blueberry Pancakes. Learn how to make a big skillet cake, using fresh or frozen wild blueberries and maple syrup instead of sugar. You may also substitute the blueberries for strawberries, raspberries or bananas. For extra protein, try topping this pancake with walnuts or greek yogurt.
“Maple syrup is no longer a topping for breakfast,” he said. “We like to tell people to think of maple syrup as an ingredient because you can use it anything. It can be used any time of the year and any time of the day,” Hoover said.