Stone’s Maple Products has been producing quality maple syrup since 1980 in beautiful Prince Edward County. Doug Stone started in a single pan over an open fire with only a few buckets. His passion grew to over 850 buckets before going to a pipeline in 1994. In Doug’s retirement, he roughly managed 1300 taps via pipeline for many years before passing the reins to his son Trevor. Doug passed away in September 2021. He was honoured with a special sticker on our bottles.
Now second-generation syrup maker Trevor Stone has approximately 900 taps with the help of family friend Kelsey Miller and Father-in-law Frank Sharpe. Claire and Chloe Stone are in training for the next generation of syrup makers.
(Left to right: Doug Stone, Trevor Stone, Frank Sharpe)
Doug Stone, Founder, 1939-2021
Maple syrup is one of nature’s true phenomenas. As maple trees grow, they accumulates starch, which converts into sugar. In springtime, when the nights are below freezing, water from the soil is absorbed into the maple tree. During the day, warmer temperatures of about 4 to 5 degrees celsius creates a pressure. This pressure pushes the water back down to the bottom of the tree, making it easier to collect the sap. Sap is usually gathered between early March to late April and takes about 4 to 6 weeks to fully gather.
Any maple tree measuring 8 inches in diameter or more can be tapped. Some larger maple trees can be tapped more than once during maple harvest season. The maximum amount of taps in a season is 3 taps per tree. With this regulation, the tapping does not affect the growth of maple tree.
Once the sap is harvested from the Sugar Bush, the sap is transported to our Sugar House where it is boiled down in our wood-fire evaporator. As the sap boils down, the water evaporates and becomes denser and sweeter making real maple syrup. It takes about 40 litres of sap to make 1 litre of syrup, so we need to boil off 39 litres of water. After the evaporation process is complete, our finished product gets bottled and shipped out to one of our three selling locations.
Golden occurs early in the season.
Amber occurs the middle of the season.
Dark occurs later in the season.
All grades have the same amount of sugar and thickness to them. So what's the different between grades? It all comes down to individual taste preference. The Golden grade has a lighter, more delicate flavour compared to the Amber grade which has more of a traditional maple flavour. The Dark grade has a heavier, more robust, maple flavour than both the Golden and Amber grades, but all grades are excellent for general use.
Stone's Maple Products offers three product pick-up locations. Each location has been listed below to provided you with the best information possible.
4647 Concession Road 5, Clarington, Ontario, Canada