About Us

Ryan first became interested in harvesting maple syrup in 1987, at the age of seven after a school trip to a conservation area where they showed the students how maple syrup was made. Ryan approached his father, Bill, with his desire to learn the maple syrup craft and that year, he tapped his first three trees.

Ryan quickly expanded operations in the next year when he moved from tapping three trees to 60. The maple syrup he made from the sap was primarily sold at a roadside stand in front of his parents home. He also ended up shipping some maple syrup out to Quebec and oversees to England.

Encouraged by his success, Ryan became an official Ontario business in 1992 and continued to expand his business up to present day where he now has over 3,100 taps. He has also made changes to his production of maple syrup.

 

Ryan is utilizing a wet/dry pipeline system to collect sap instead of the old bucket method. This has allowed Ryan to expand operations because sap does not have to be collected as often with the pipeline system. In the past buckets would have to be emptied up to four times a day but now sap is collected maybe twice in one location.

Ryan's 'SWEET MAPLE' is a member of OMSPA (Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association) and is recognized as a leader in Food Health and Safety. Maple syrup is sold from his parents home and distributed through local vendors. There is more to his operation than the monetary gain though, when asked Ryan says, “The best part of this maple syrup business is I get to work alongside my family and parents. Not just in the initial tapping of the trees, but when we are boiling and bottling the maple syrup."

Phone: 519-786-4729
E-mail: Ryans.SweetMaple@gmail.com