Maple Season!

Maple Season and Spring- my 2 favourite times of year!  We are blessed in this part of the world to have an abundance of places to get our maple syrup. Some people tap a few trees on their own land to make their own but most of us head to local maple sugar camps or the store for our fill of maple syrup. One of my favourite memories is taking the kids every year into the camps in Stilesville to get our fresh maple taffy and candy.

I wanted to investigate more of what Albert County had to offer for maple syrup production and I was pleasantly surprised. Once I started inquiring there were even more than I thought producing this wonderful elixir in the hills and valleys of Albert County. I am going highlight just 3 of them that I got to know more about.

I first became aware of this next couple and their maple syrup making production when I saw their product for sale down in what was the Church Market in Riverside Albert . This year I saw them featured in the April edition of the Connecting Albert County newsletter and loved hearing more about their story.  http://www.connectingalbertcounty.org/

You can go to the link above to check out the full article about their maple syrup called “Black Sheep Maples” and to sign up for the newsletter written by some wonderful volunteers on a monthly basis. They have lots of great information and keep you up to date on upcoming events in Albert County!

Angela and Ryan Macdougall’s official business is Fundy Farms: Local Harvest. They are on facebook so you can follow them and stay up to date on their offerings and events. They have a  farm stand that I try to check out through the summer on the way to the cottage right by the main road between Edgett’s Landing and Hopewell Cape. They sell herbs, teas, maple syrup, veggies, dry soup mixes, etc at local markets and stores as well. Here are some of their own photos.

The second camp I’d like to feature is called White’s Maple. They are a 3rd generation maple producer with most of their sap coming from trees on Caledonia Mountain. They recently expanded their camp in Shenstone ( in back of Hillsborough) to offer All You Can Eat pancake breakfasts each weekend during the maple season. We got out there this past weekend to see their operation and brought back some Maple butter. We didn’t get their breakfast but it looks delicious!

The last feature is one of the biggest producers around our area. It’s Brigg’s Maples who has their production office in Riverview at the Chocolate River Station.  Most of their sap comes from trees just north of Fundy Park.  We enjoyed some lovely taffy this weekend as part of Riverview’s Maple festivities and got a huge jug of maple syrup. I wonder how long it will last? We’ll be taking some to the cottage for sure! Here are some pics from the weekend: ( Thank you to the staff at Brigg’s for letting us take your picture!)

One of my favourite things to do is bake, so of course I had to use all these wonderful products as well! Here is the maple scone recipe that is in the April issue of the Connecting Albert County newsletter ( you can pre-order the cookbook the Albert County Museum is selling here http://www.albertcountymuseum.com/ cookbook) using Briggs’ maple syrup with White’s Maple butter on top and I indulged by putting Black Sheep maple syrup in my coffee!

I then wanted to bring a dessert to our Married Couple group so found a Maple butter tart recipe on Pinterest to bring and also used Black Sheep Maple syrup for that as well. It was decadent!!  https://pin.it/bgebsum4oud6jo

Well that was fun and yummy!  Thanks to my talented husband for tagging along and taking a lot of these photos. Tell me  how you like your maple !  Syrup, taffy, cream, butter or candy?

 

 

 

 

Introducing Antique Chic!

I am so excited to do our first feature from Albert County on the ” Road to Waterside”. February is a perfect time to feature this pretty romantic place. I have known Kerry for a long time through our family connections but mostly only knew her when she was a little girl. I was so excited to see it was her with a  new business on the road to Waterside. I don’t get in there very often but I am always checking what she has for sale on Instagram and Facebook. I gave Kerry some questions that may make it easier to get to know her and her business So without further ado I give you Kerry Edgett of Antique Chic in Lower Coverdale, NB:

Question 1: How long have you been open and what or who inspired you to open your business?

I am now going on my fourth year of being open. I’ve always been drawn to older,antique items since I was a very little girl.I would yard sale with my mom and always pick up pretty,feminine items for my bedroom.I had quite a collection even then going on,lots of perfume bottles lol. The passion has always been there for me and I knew one day I wanted to open my own little dream spot of pretty items to sell.It finally happened almost four years ago!

 

Question 2: How would you describe your shop?

My shop is mostly filled with feminine style items such as vintage nightgowns,painted furniture with curves,girlie items like hair brush sets,old perfume bottles,beautiful smelling handmade soaps,embroidered linens,old quilts,pretty milk glass pieces,ironstone and more.I also have shabby chic style items and cottage style decor.

Question 3: Where do you get inspiration for the projects you do and pieces you collect?

I get a lot of my inspiration from decorating magazines,pinterest,instagram and also from just experimenting from my own ideas!

Question 4: What other interests or hobbies do you have?

I love spending time outdoors in my flower gardens,hiking in nature,camping,listening to good music and going to the beach with my two daughters and granddaughter .Also,flea markets,thrift shopping and local auctions are a lot of fun for me!

 

Question 5: Do you have any future plans for your business?

I have some future plans for my shop which involve expanding the shop so I have a bigger space.I will be able to have some different styles that way and hopefully a work area for painting and crafting.I stick with one theme now,which is more on the romantic side because it all flows together so well

 

Question 6: How can people reach you and when can they visit your shop?

I am open from April until late December and closed winter months.I still open by appointment though :)My shop hours are on my page during the months I’m open.I can be reached from my Facebook page,Instagram or by home phone 506 386 3429 and also by email kaphillips_@hotmail.ca

Aren’t those pictures lovely? Obviously Kerry loves pink and has more of a vintage, shabby chic vibe. I can usually find something to go home with me when I visit. I hope you all drop in to see her!  Watch for her sign and the painted bicycle as you drive through Lower Coverdale.

Thanks for sharing your shop with us and continue your great work Kerry! See you on the “Road to Waterside”!