Hungry? Maple syrup available from Tiffin Conservation Area

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Syrup from the sugar shack is ready for sale.

The trees are tapped and the lines are running at the Tiffin Conservation Area.

For more than 40 years, the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) has run its volunteer-based program to support itself and the Rotary Club of Barrie.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this season’s volunteers won’t include bus loads of students or the seniors who traditionally help, he said.

“We’re still using volunteers, just considerably less of them,” said Byron Wesson, director of conservation services at NVCA.

Where they traditionally had students filling buckets and carrying them to the sugar shack, they’ll be running the lines directly to large containers for storage, he added.

The Rotary Club and NVCA will not be hosting the annual Spring Tonic Festival this year, due to the pandemic.

“A big part of our fundraising is driven by maple syrup sales at the event,” said Darren Robinson, the Rotary Club’s director of the festival. “The proceeds help the club provide donations to local charities and also allows us to take on self-directed initiatives that benefit the community as a whole.”

However, both groups are hoping for strong sales of Tiffin Maple Syrup, available from the NVCA’s website or at the Tiffin Conservation Area, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. each weekend.

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Cheryl Browne, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Barrie Advance