At the young age of 11, Justin took his interest in a friend’s family maple syrup business home to his parents’ farm. He was sure he could also produce high quality maple syrup. Together with 25 maple trees and the help of a neighbour who let the young entrepreneur borrow a sap boiler, ‘Justin’s Maple Syrup’ was born. more than a decade later, Justin taps 500 trees each year, uses a vacuum system to bring the sap through the forest to his sugar shack and has upgraded his boiler several times. Today, he’s producing 500 litres of maple syrup annually and typically sells out of his supply.
When he’s at peak production, he’s often assisted in the sugar shack by his “Nana” and other members of his family.For Justin, producing a high quality product comes naturally. Raised on his family dairy farm, his dad and grandpa instilled in him a passion for environmental stewardship and caring for their cows.
“Every day is different on the farm, and that is one of the things I love about it,” Justin says. “I can go from working out in the fresh spring air gathering sap to make maple syrup, to the dairy barn to feed the cows and milk them. Add in the challenges and the need to be consistently improving and I’m happy to make my future here.”