Mountain Maple Products was established in 1964 on St. Joseph Island by the Chelsey Wallace family
Don and Sue Manchur have been harvesting maple syrup since 1986, when they partnered with the Wallace family. The Manchur’s now carry on the legacy of the family style sugarbush, with all generations of the family in on the seasonal harvest.
The grandkids have their own small evaporator and trees to tend to over the syrup season, while Don oversees the main production with the vacuum system and evaporator.
Normally, Mountain Maple would host school tours, inviting students to come to their sugarbush and see how the syrup is made. Due to COVID, visitors at their facility are limited.
Don showed us around the process of sugaring the maple sap. From the trees, to the vacuum system, to the holding tanks, to the concentrate, to the evaporators to the canning.
Starting with 300 trees tapped in 1964, they have since grown their production to over 7000 trees.
“Old technology and modern equipment, limestone based soils, clean air, and healthy hard maple trees give us an edge, producing natural organic excellent flavoured syrup,” stated on their Website.
Mountain Maple products are available on their website, and at the Mill Market in Sault Ste. Marie, as well as the Black Bear Café and the Island Market on St. Joseph Island.
Their products will also be available at the St. Joseph Island 53rd Annual Maple Syrup Festival over the first two weekends in May!