Click here for the Grampa Chief World Map to see where the bottles of liquid gold have travelled in the past. And if your country isn’t showing, add yourself to the map by telling us!
See photos of Grampa Chief’s Syrup Around the World. Please send us pictures of syrup you brought or sent abroad. Remember, maple syrup, particularly ours, is always appreciated as a gift!
The forests owned and managed by Lalande Managed Forest has achieved Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification (FSC® C018800) through the Eastern Ontario Model Forest’s Forest Certification Program. All maple products produced by Lalande Managed Forest were FSC® certified for the 2015 production run. The FSC® is an international, membership-based, non-profit organization that supports environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests. As part of this certification, our maple syrup and maple products were by the auditor, Rainforest Alliance. Products bearing the seal originate on or contain ingredients sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms or forests.
In 2007, we hired a local contractor to build the sugar shack. All the lumber used to frame the walls and room came from our neighbour, LR McVeigh Lumber using Lanark County sourced wood. Our Waterloo evaporator is made by Équipements Lapierre, which we purchased from a local maple syrup equipment supplier and producer, Springdale Farm Maple Products, who installed it and made it ready for production.
Lalande Managed Forest began producing Grampa Chief’s Maple Syrup in the winter of 2008. We tapped 100 trees, which produced our first 55 litres of excellent Grandpa Chiefs maple syrup. While we were relatively new to the process, volunteers with decades of experience continue to show us the craft. Traditional knowledge in maple syrup making continues to guide us in producing the finest small-batch artisan maple syrup in Lanark County. Our Maple Syrup Masters continue to work with our volunteers to show us how to make maple syrup in the great Canadian tradition.
Our production has improved over the years as we learn from experience. Our production also grew, and we are now tapping some 400 trees and producing an average of 230 litres a year. Our labour force is entirely volunteer-based and we are incredibly fortunate to have our 60 men, women and children on our sugar shack help list who come back year after year to help out. With the help of the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association and our grant, we plan to open a new website, an online sales program in 2021.
While recent production is just over a decade, archaeological evidence of mid- to late 1800 maple syrup production exists on the property. In 2010, a group of volunteer archaeologists unearthed an early-day evaporator and sap sled, likely dating back to the property’s first settlers. The intrepid archeologists relocated it to the current sugar shack operation for display. The old evaporator, anywhere from 100 to 150 years old, has a striking resemblance in form to our modern Lapierre evaporator, but in metallurgy and design not common today.
Producing high-quality maple syrup is a labour of love. Our Maple Syrup Masters would agree, as any winemaker would, that our syrup is delicious because of our unique terroir, science, art, and craft. Lalande Managed Forest is a proud member of the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association and is a Model Forest. While we are not yet certified organic, we fit all the criteria.