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What’s sweet and sugary and comes from a tree?
Hint: In Canada, you’ll smother your pancakes with it!


Picture of a bottle of maple syrupMaple Syrup!

Maple Syrup is made from the sap of maple trees. It is usually harvested between late winter and early spring (between February and April), when the nights are cold and the days a bit warmer.

Maple Syrup is commonly eaten with pancakes, waffles or French toast, and is used as an ingredient in desserts. You will also find it used more and more as a cooking glaze for meat and fish, especially during summer barbecue season!

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Canada produces more than 80 per cent of the world’s supply of maple syrup!

A great place to find fresh maple syrup is at your local Farmers’ Market.

Farmers’ Markets can be found in communities across Ontario during summer. Farmers’ Markets are a great place to find fruit and vegetables that are in season in Ontario. You may be surprised at just how much is locally grown in this province!

Farmers’ Markets are found in small towns and large cities. In some cities, your local city hall will host a regular weekly Farmers’ Market. Find out where you can get fresh, tasty food in your community, using this market finder website.

A Tasty Treat!

A picture of stacked pancakes dripping with maple syrup

Maple syrup comes in many shapes and sizes. You can find maple sugar, butter, candy, toffee and cream.

Here is just a sampling of what you'll find at a Farmers’ Market:

  • vegetables
  • fruit
  • meat
  • herbs
  • maple syrup
  • honey
  • flowers
  • jams and jellies

In some communities, Farmers’ Markets are available all year long. They are larger markets and feature other locally made products, such as furniture, clothing, baking, crafts, tools and much more. They are generally located in rural communities.

That makes them perfect for a day trip or outing with your family or friends. You can sample some of the rural culture that helps make Ontario such a unique and vibrant place to live.

Farmers’ Markets and Seasonal Food