Barrhaven Christmas Sale

Today, Sunday December 4th, we’re at the Barrhaven Christmas Sale today selling maple syrup and maple confectioneries.  The address is 199 Berrigan drive in Barrhaven, Ottawa.  If you’re in the area come check us out!  Other vendors are featuring products like handmade soaps, baby and kids clothes, woodworking, aromatherapy, Tupperware, Christmas Cards and more.

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Arnprior Christmas Craft-Bake-Business Fair

I’ve been in the kitchen all day today preparing for the One of a Kind Christmas Craft-Bake -Business Fair, happening from 10:00-4:00 this Saturday in Arnprior at the Nick Smith Centre, 77 James St.  On the docket for today was 2 batches of maple butter.  Tomorrow I’ll change my focus to maple cones, then Thursday on to maple pies, and fudge on Friday.  By the end of the week my house will be full of sweet smells of decadence, aromas of maple perfuming the air.  This will be my first time attending the Arnprior craft fair.  It’s a bit further from home, yet still local and I’m still hopeful to see some familiar faces.  My hopes are that branching out to the Arnprior fair will help in distinguishing Julia’s Tree Stand Maple Syrup as a local, high quality maple syrup brand.

If you’re an Arnprior local, come find me at the fair!  For more info, click here.  Hope to see you there!

Kinburn Community Christmas Craft Sale

Here we are getting unpacked for selling maple syrup and maple products at the Kinburn Christmas Craft sale.

Here we are getting unpacked for selling maple syrup and maple products at the Kinburn Christmas Craft sale.

This past weekend marked my second market experience, this one where I grew up in Kinburn, Ontario. And what a fun experience it was, and successful too!  I sold maple syrup and other value-added products like maple fudge, maple butter and maple cones.  Held in the Kinburn Community Center the craft sale brought back memories of my childhood and my Dad teaching me how to make maple syrup, going on school field trips to sugar bushes, and joining a maple syrup 4h group and much more.  And the Kinburn Community Center holds some special memories for me too: I can remember going to family dances as a child in the very room I sold maple syrup in, taking tai kwon do classes, and so much more.  And I reconnected with a number of people I had not seen in years!  I felt like I was at the right place at the right time this weekend.  Thank-you to the organizers for ‘fitting me in’!

Constance Bay Community Market

Here I am standing at my booth in the Constance Bay Community Market on a crisp Thanksgiving weekend.

It was a crisp, Thanksgiving morning I made my debut appearance at the Constance Bay Community Market.

I took the final step towards fulfilling my slogan From my trees to your table this Thanksgiving weekend by becoming a maple syrup vendor for the first time at the Constance Bay Community Market.  What a delightful experience it was!  I enjoyed talking to people about making maple syrup and enjoyed hearing others’ connections to this rich Canadian tradition; some used to make it themselves years ago; others know a friend of a friend who taps his/her own trees.  The connections were plentiful.  Having grown up in West Carleton, I was happy to partake in this community gathering and encounter such connections so close to home.  Next I’ll be attending the Kinburn Christmas Craft Show in November.  I will strive to add more products to my repertoire by then, including maple jelly and maple fudge!

For those who want more maple syrup, please leave a comment below.