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
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.
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.
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.
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."