Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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Love's Sweetness - Grey County

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Carol Mitchell, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ray Love and Steven Plume

Carol Mitchell, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ray Love and Steven Plume

Life is sweet in the tiny hamlet of Holstein. For 17 years people have been flocking to Love's Sweetness sugar bush to celebrate "Maplefest." The farm created this annual event to build new markets for its maple syrup and offer fun and educational experiences for schoolchildren and their families. Today, kids still visit for free and about 250 volunteers from the local Optimist Club help manage the tremendous turnout each year. The sugar bush has 1,200 trees on tap and the liquid gold flowing from them is processed through state-of-the-art, stainless steel equipment. Visitors learn how the maple syrup industry has evolved, see livestock, and experience woodworking, taffy-making, and biscuit/jam making as part of the celebrations. Love's Sweetness welcomes up to 10,000 people during the two-day event.


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