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Calling all Maple Lovers!

Calling all Maple Lovers!

John R Park Homestead

Signs of spring are in the air, and in the trees! As the season sweeps its way across our awakening deciduous forest, you may notice buckets hanging from the maple trees collecting the sweet, delectable sap. 

John R Park Homestead

In our house, we really strive to cook seasonally as best we can. We are so fortunate in this great pocket of the earth to have access to an abundance of locally grown greenhouse produce. But it’s nice to also recognize what’s in season naturally, and support what is native to our location. And right now, that is maple syrup!

Maple syrup is such a versatile condiment. It can be used in food preparation and it’s a great natural sugar substitute.

A simple Google search will give you a hundred ways to use maple syrup aside from the classic topping on a stack of flapjacks, although, that is this households most frequent use for it!

Flourish Protein Pancake/waffle mix $12.99 | Spout ceramic mixing bowl $19.99 (plus 30% off) | Voisin’s Canadian Maple Syrup ( 1 L) $24.99 | Platter $39.99

And before we get off the topic of pancakes, can I tell you how absolutely incredible this maple cinnamon butter was on mine this morning. Seriously, unbelievably decadent. It will definitely be the star of this weekends brunch! Imagine this with French toast and bananas….I’m already salivating.

Voisin’s Maple Cinnamon butter $12.99

Here are a couple more of my favourite ways to use maple syrup:

Years ago, I worked as a barista, and a customer introduced me to adding maple syrup in my coffee in place of sugar. I don’t normally like to tamper with my morning cuppa, however, I do like to splurge on the weekends and whip up a maple latté.

Blanc Organic Amber Maple Syrup $14.99

Begin by pouring your desired amount of espresso or coffee (I opt for a third of a mug of espresso) add in about 1/2 oz of maple syrup, pour in warm milk & top with froth and viola! A delicious way to treat yourself.

My Grind Espresso roast $12.99 | Blanc Organic Amber Maple Syrup $14.99


Produce - Prices Vary | Rootham Champagne mustard $8.50 | Blanc Organic Amber Maple Syrup $14.99
This salad dressing is one of my favourites for just about any salad. And it’s super easy to make as it only requires a few ingredients.
  • 3 TBSP maple syrup
  • 4 TBSP balsamic vinegar 
  • 4 TBSP olive oil
  • 2 TSP Dijon mustard
  • A pinch of sea salt
I love using this vinaigrette in a house style salad but enhancing it with candied pecans and goat cheese! Yum!
If you and your family love Canada’s #1 condiment like we do, Anna’s has an impressive selection of maple goodies in stock! Also, this weekend on March 26th & 27th the John R Park Homestead will be hosting another weekend of Maple tours. I have such fond memories of visiting the sugar bush as a child and was excited to have the opportunity to now share the experience with my own kiddo’s.
Until next week, stay sweet friends! 😄


    Posted by Lorraine Runste3dler on

    This has been a Very SWEET and YUMMY “Good Morning” from Ann’s – Love it and will definitely be making that Dressing – Thank you and looking forward to seeing you all soon

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