‘Tis the season! The season to get excited about spring. Maple syrup season round 2! In eager anticipation of this monumentous season I decided to go to Montréal to buy maple syrup equipment. Julia, why wouldn’t you just buy it from somewhere around here, you ask? I’d done my research and found that Montréal was the cheapest place I could get a bulk order of bottles and a holding tank from. But wait, there’s more! Montréal is where the Dominion and Grimm headquarters is, Montréal is where the dealz are, I answer! I picked one of the worst driving days this season to go it seems, but that’s beside the point. I borrowed my Dad’s truck and struck out for the promised land! There were so many tools of the trade on display at Dominion and Grimm that I was like a kid in a candy shop. I saw the Hurricane evaporator on display that can reach temperatures of 2100 degrees Farenheit (evaporates 2.7 gallons of water per minute!), I saw hulking reverse osmosis machines. I saw a bottling machine with 4 spouts for increased efficiency. I saw big coils of bright green and bright blue tubing. I was blown away by the sophistication of some of the equipment. Clearly some of that equipment was beyond the scope of my 200 tap, traditional collection operation. Maybe some day I’ll have a need for all that jazzy equipment but not today. I bought 20 used buckets, spiles, and cleaning equipment that will make the back-breaking clean-up in April easier. After packing my purchases into the back of the pickup we slowly made our way back home through the storm. Crossing the city in rush hour traffic with lots of precious cargo in a snowstorm was nerve-racking. Next time I’ll make the trip in the summer!