The MacKenzie family are fourth generation farmers, living on a century farm in Plummer Additional Township in Algoma District. Each spring maple syrup is made in the traditional manner. Over 1500 buckets are hung on trees, the sap is then collected by hand and finally boiled over a wood fired arch.
The arch has been used to produce maple syrup every season for over one hundred years. It is a Dominion and Grimm, made in Montreal. The dimensions of the arch are 14 feet by 3 feet 6 inches. There is a 10-foot raised flue pan with two, two foot flat pans at the front of the arch. At maximum production, the arch will evaporate up to 140 U.S gallons per hour. When the syrup is drawn off it is finished on a propane fired finishing pan, which allows for more control. A filter press is used to remove the sugar sand.
This year we tapped an additional 350 trees using 3/16-inch tubing. If we are pleased with the results of the tubing, we would like to expand to more taps next year.
We are a growing family operation, that enjoys using the traditional method in hopes of continuing this tradition for many generations to come.