1. Fall colours are caused by the amount of sugar in leaves
First things first: of course, we have to talk about the beautiful fall colours. The pigment that gives leaves their familiar green colour is called chlorophyll. However, the more favourable warm, sunny day and cool night temperature cycles that occur in early autumn, the more likely that fall season is to experience vibrant colours with lots of reds. The more red in the leaf, the more sugar that leaf is storing. That is why Maple trees are so vibrant. Evergreens don’t change because their leaves have a thick wax covering that protects the chlorophyl (green) in the leaves.
2. Pumpkin spice has nothing to do with pumpkins
Are you a PS lover? Did you know that pumpkin spice is actually the spice mix used for pumpkin pies? It is made from 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg, 1 ½ teaspoons ground allspice and 1 ½ teaspoons ground cloves. You can make it at home or buy it pre-mixed at the grocery store. For some amazing pumpkin spice recipes, check out this great cooking blog by Simply Stacie.
3. Birds spend most of the fall migrating
Many birds spend this season travelling to mating grounds or finding food. Canada geese fly south in autumn and return to their birthplace in spring. If you think that the Swainson’s Hawk is crazy because it migrates 22,500 kilometres (14,000 miles), you haven’t met the Arctic Tern yet. The Arctic Tern is zigzagging from the North Pole to the South Pole, which accounts for an incredible 71,000 kilometres (44,000 miles).
4. Autumn used to be called “harvest”
Until about 1500, autumn was just called “harvest”. The full moon closest to the autumn equinox is known as a harvest moon. Before cities electrified, the bright night of the harvest moon was essential for farmers harvesting their late-year crops.
5. The aurora borealis is more likely to occur this time of year
The aurora borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, is a magnificent spectacle which is typically 3° to 6° wide in latitude and between 10° and 20° from the geomagnetic poles at all local times (or longitudes), most clearly seen at night against a dark sky. These geomagnetic storms occur when charged solar particles squeeze through our atmosphere’s defenses and collide with gaseous particles in Earth’s sky. Thanks to longer, clearer nights, this free light show occurs twice as often during fall and winter months.
6. People wore Halloween costumes to either hide from ghosts or scare them
It has been suggested that the custom of wearing costumes on or around Halloween comes from the Celtic festivals of Samhain and Calan Gaeaf, or from the practise of "souling" during the Christian observance of Allhallowtide. Halloween costumes are traditionally based on frightening supernatural or folkloric beings or hiding from them.
7. Some places don’t have an autumn season
Autumn is a much loved season, especially in Canada and the Northeast of the United States such as New England. However, in tropical climates near the Equator, like the Caribbean islands, weather stays mild all year. Maybe this is why visitors to Maple Syrup Country cannot get enough of the beautiful fall foliage with its breathtaking red, yellow and orange leaf displays!
Today, we are once more honoured and proud to deliver a very special product to an iconic Canadian brand: the No.99 Maple syrup, exclusively aged, bottled and labeled for the Wayne Gretzky Estates Distillery & Winery.
Maple Lifestyle and the Wayne Gretzky Estates Distillery & Winery partnered for the first time during the holiday season 2019/2020. For this All-Canadian story, 100% Premium Canadian Amber Maple Syrup is aged in Wayne Gretzky Red Cask Whisky barrels and sold under the iconic No.99 label. The No.99 Maple Syrup is an incredibly smooth, round specialty Maple Syrup full of spirited flavours with notes of caramel, vanilla and charred oak.
Customers cherish the premium product and beautiful packaging for special events or as a gift.
Wayne Gretzky Estates Distillery & Winery and their parent company Andrew Peller Ltd. sell the No. 99 Maple Syrup directly at their retail store at 1219, Niagara-Stone-Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake and at other brick and mortar retail outlets in Ontario such as the Wine Shop.
What happens, if you are labelling a ton of maple syrup and have quite a few spare boxes standing around? Exactly, you build a cat castle!
This certainly was another successful family project and is our contribution to spam the web with even more cat content. After all, we love cats (we have two!), and we love to see them play. We took a European-style approach to our castle and cut out proper roof shingles from sturdy construction paper in hot pink and orange with golden accents. It took a few boxes, a lot of hot glue, gorilla tape and water colour to set up the base structure. We cut out “doors” and “windows” and added all these jolly toys - including an origami crane that is happily dangling from a pencil on the “first floor”.
Archie, our white and red crazy dude, was the one that explored, conquered, and tried to take apart the cat castle first. Sunshine, our long haired tabby princess (Attitude: “Don’t talk to me! And DON’T touch me!”) was the second one to explore. She was quite please with the “bedrooms”.
Altogether, it was a great creative project for all two- and four-legged friends involved!
Click on the video below to see Archie pop out.
Every 375 ml bottle is individually labelled in a two-step-process – first the front and then the back.
This season, we are especially proud of our beautiful new labels! Our personal favourite it is the Amber label, but actually all of them are great!
So next time you are looking for a special product, a gift or something to spoil yourself, please consider purchasing 100% premium Canadian maple syrup that has been crafted with a lot of time, love and passion.
Canada Day 2020 will be very different for everyone this year. The same holds true for the Friends of Fort George, who usually host a big Canada Day Parade in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
While they had to cancel the official festivities this year due to Covid-19, the Friends of Fort George thought of how they could get some of that patriotic, sweet Canada Day feeling to the people.
“We are very excited to be partnering with Parks Canada, Maple Lifestyle and Willow Cakes and Pastries to bring the community as many aspects of Canada Day as we can”, says Amanda Gamble, Executive Director of the Friends of Fort George. The package contains six Canada Day Cupcakes that will be packaged with flags, pins, Canada Day tattoos, glow sticks, Parks Canada swag, balloons and more. It also includes one of Maple Lifestyle's delicious souvenir bottles of Maple Bourbon Syrup.
“We are so proud to be a part of the Canada Day celebrations in Niagara-on-the-Lake”, says Maple Lifestyle owner Jean-Pierre Romain. “People are certainly disappointed that they cannot celebrate like in previous years, but the idea to bring some Canadiana to the people is literally super-sweet.”
There are a limited number of packages available with a deadline of June 25th for orders.
They can be ordered online through the Friends of Fort George gift shop at https://friendsoffortgeorge.square.site or by calling their store at 905-4686621. The cost is $35.00 per package with free delivery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and $40.00 with delivery outside of town.
For more information or ordering a Canada Day package, kindly call the number above or visit their website.
Thank you, healthcare workers, thank you grocery store clerks, thank you firefighters, thank you police officers! Thank you community workers and volunteers! You are so much appreciated. And, hey, neighbours, thanks so much for checking in on the elderly and running errands for them! Family members, a big “merci” for caring for your loved ones.
To show our appreciation to those who keep the community safe, we have donated a few hundred bottles of the 50 ml Bourbon Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup to our local fire department. These men and women protect the community and save lives on a daily basis - with the coronavirus around they are also battling an invisible enemy that might not only put them, but also their loved ones at risk.
If you are a frontline worker and want to treat yourself or if you feel like showing your appreciation to somebody else, we offer 20% off all products with promo code HERO20. Simply browse the online shop, enter HERO20, and 20% will be taken off your checkout amount. Thank you!
The City TV hosts were obviously very excited about the mapley goodness. Spoiler alert: Co-host Roger snatches the bottle of Bourbon Maple Syrup at the end.
To watch the entire segment, please click here. The Maple Lifestyle story starts at 5:08.
Since eighty percent of the world’s maple syrup comes from Canada (and most of it from Quebec!), we thought you might enjoy some fun facts about our favourite pancake topping.
1. It takes about 40 litres of sap to make one litre of maple syrup
Most trees only yield between 35 and 55 litres of sap in a season, so producing syrup is a super labour-intensive process. To put it into perspective: a standard bathtub holds around 150 litres of water. If we filled such a bathtub with 150 litres of sap, it would only make 3.75 litres of syrup, which is a bit more than two cartons of Almond Milk.
2. A tree takes about 40 years before it’s big enough to tap
This is because the tree needs a diameter of at least 12 inches (30.5 cm) before it can be tapped.
3. Only three of 13 species of maple trees native to Canada are used for syrup
Sugar maples are the big ones, but black maple and red maple are also good for tapping.
4. Maple syrup has its season
Maple trees are tapped for their sap between late February and the height of spring, in early April.
5. Running sap is all about physics
As sugar maples grow, they convert starch into sugar. This sugar mixes with water absorbed by the trees’ roots. When temperatures start to climb in the spring, the water-sugar mixture expands, forcing its way from the roots up through the tree.
6. The syrup’s flavour depends on when the sap runs
Early season sap tends to be lighter in colour and flavour. Later in the season, when temperatures are warmer, the sap darkens.
7. There is a new grading system for producers that sell maple syrup internationally
This grading system has been in effect since January 2017. It uses the light transmission method to classify maple syrup. It also classifies the product by adding taste descriptions. “Golden Colour with Delicate Taste” has a light transmission of over 75%. “Amber Colour with Rich Taste” sits between 50% and 74.9%. The “Dark with Robust Taste” variation has a light transmission between 25% and 49.9% while “Very Dark with Strong Taste” only lets through less than 25% of light.
8. The first written account of maple syrup production comes from 1606
Marc Lescarbot, a lawyer and writer in Acadia, describes the area’s indigenous peoples collecting “maple water” and “distilling” it to make syrup. Producing maple syrup is one of the few agricultural processes that is not a European colonial import.
9. What’s fake maple syrup made with? You might not want know.
Brands like Aunt Jemima and Mrs. Butterworth use such ingredients as high fructose corn syrup, cellulose gum, and caramel colouring to create an inexpensive substance which only somewhat resembles the genuine article. Sure, it’s cheap, but it doesn’t even come close to the real thing. Which brings us to the next fun fact.
10. A quarter-cup of maple syrup is high in minerals
Pure maple syrup has the same beneficial classes of antioxidant compounds found in berries, tomatoes, tea, red wine, banana and broccoli. A 60 ml portion of maple syrup contains 100 percent of your recommended daily allowance of manganese, as well at 37 percent of riboflavin, 18 percent of zinc, 7 percent of magnesium, and 5 percent of calcium and potassium.
11. Stored properly, a sealed container of maple syrup can keep for several years
Unopened maple syrup can be stored at room temperature, but once opened, it should be stored in the refrigerator. Syrup can last a long time, but it can also crystallize or mould when unrefrigerated. Crystallization is a reflection of a syrup’s sugar content and isn’t harmful. Mould should be removed before boiling the for safe consumption.
12. IHOP (the International House of Pancakes) has only one location out of 1400 that serves actual maple syrup
It is in South Burlington, Vermont. The franchise owner needed a special license from IHOP for this move.
with material from cottagelife.com, tasteofhome.com and visitpec.com
We are uber-excited about the amazing photos Brittney Lynn shot for us recently!
She provided the most amazing product photos: first of all pictures for Amazon with a perfect white background for the 375 ml and 50 ml ROYAL Bourbon Maple syrup and our own website. But then, and that was the bomb, she also baked and cooked away with our products and took incredible shots outdoors in the snow, at the fireplace and in her very own beautiful kitchen.
Thanks, Brittney, for your beautiful work. We are so thrilled about those beautiful shots.
If you want to contact Brittney, please see her gorgeous portfolio of portraits, travel, nature and commercial photography at www.brittneylynnphotos.com/
The Holiday Season this year is incredibly exciting for us. We are overly honoured and proud to have partnered with Wayne Gretzky Estates Distillery & Winery.
This is an All-Canadian story: pure Canadian Maple Syrup aged in unique Canadian Whisky barrels – this dream team makes the most amazing specialty maple syrup you have ever tried: the No. 99 Maple Syrup.
For this premium product, we filled 100% pure Canadian Amber Maple Syrup into Wayne Gretzky Red Cask Whisky Barrels and let it age to perfection. The result is an incredibly smooth, round specialty maple syrup full of spirited flavours with notes of caramel, vanilla and oak.
This small-batch product comes in two sizes: a 375 ml heavy glass bottle and a 50 ml souvenir glass bottle. Both feature a beautiful white and black label with the iconic round No. 99 logo.
It certainly makes an amazing addition to any festive table or a beautiful gift for connoisseurs. With the holidays around the corner, you could also try a special new drink. Estate Mixologist Zac Kvas has created “Breakfast Old Fashioned” with the No. 99 Maple Syrup. Please have a look at the full recipe on the official Distillery’s December Cocktail Card.
Wayne Gretzky Estates Distillery & Winery and their parent company Andrew Peller Ltd. sell the No. 99 Maple Syrup directly at their retail store at 1219, Niagara-Stone-Road, in the heart of beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake and at other outlets in the Niagara Region.
We are extremely honoured to supply this premium product. It certainly strengthens our position as a boutique supplier of premium, tailor-made specialty maple syrups.
Jean-Pierre Romain, Maple Maniac