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GTA Maple Syrup Suggestions - High quality & reasonably priced

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toronto guy Jan 19, 2010 01:26 PM

Thanks in advance for your suggestions

TG

  1. RosiePosie Jan 29, 2010 03:20 PM

    The store in Harbourfront Centre just started carrying the Ninutik line of maple syrup and maple sugar products - they are gorgeous, gourmet and extremely well-priced. Organic and family-run-sugarbush-produced too!

    Forgot: http://www.ninutik.com

    1. jayt90 Jan 23, 2010 07:05 PM

      High quality and medium priced is 1 Litre medium Quebec at Costco for $15.

      1. atomeyes Jan 23, 2010 02:28 PM

        i wouldn't mind knowing if these merchants sell dark or amber syrup (the tastier version, IMO, of maple syrup)

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          Atahualpa Jan 23, 2010 07:30 PM

          You can buy dark maple syrup from the Big Carrot ( http://www.thebigcarrot.ca/ ). It comes in plastic bottles, chilled in the same fridge/chiller as the boxed salad and juices.

          It is cheaper than most golden maple syrups I can find and so, SO, SO much better. It is rich, flavourful, and less overtly sweet than other maple syrups. It has a slight bitter backnote that gives the syrup some complexity. Since I discovered this product, I have not bought another maple syrup (I might get a lighter syrup if I ate pancakes or waffles more).

          Great stuff. Darker than amber for sure.

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            Vinnie Vidimangi Jan 30, 2010 03:49 AM

            How much?

        2. Davwud Jan 20, 2010 03:32 AM

          I get mine at Costco.

          DT

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            poppygirl Jan 22, 2010 05:22 PM

            If you can wait until March, go to Dufferin Grove Organic Market, Thursdays from 3-7pm. One of the stalls (Forbes I believe) sells fantastic maple syrup, including a very dark one that is incredible.

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              ComeUndone Jan 23, 2010 06:48 PM

              Just been to Forbes at Green Barn today. Their darkest one is #3 medium. $26 for 1L.

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            basileater Jan 19, 2010 03:22 PM

            After doing extensive comparison shopping, in terms of price the cheapest I have found is the vendor who sells it from a kiosk in front of the North Market at St. Lawrence on Saturday.

            I only shop downtown and its immediate vicinity at places accessible by foot, bike or TTC, to give you an idea of my sample size.

            1. zed1984 Jan 19, 2010 01:45 PM

              Noah's carries raw maple from Ont: 8.99/lb in the milk section. They also carry organic pre packaged versions (mostly canadian) and all decently priced. I know there is a vendor @ the Green Barns Market @ st. clair, that carries maple from a growers co-op. Loblaws also carries PC organic grade "b" hope that helps!

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                dory Jan 20, 2010 05:01 AM

                What is raw maple? Are they selling sap? Or perhaps I misunderstood you and you are referring to bulk?

                Buying from the farm gate can be one way of enjoying a "single source" syrup and supporting local maple producers. And while they may not be certified organic they may be willing to discuss their sugarbush management, collection and processing methods with you which you can't do at a store. It's also the way to get some Amber Grade 2 if that's the taste you prefer. In fact I always thought that was the only way you could get it. You learn something new every day!

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                  maple99 Jan 20, 2010 11:04 AM

                  I get mine from a producer in Simcoe county - just to throw in some pricing I think it's up to $30 for 2L.

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                    zed1984 Jan 22, 2010 11:15 AM

                    I think it's unpasturised and it's the very dark grade. It comes in those plastic mini buckets. It's from a farm nearby. I use it for baking and sometimes as sweetner. I prefer it to molasses or agave nectar.
                    I am not wholly concerned with organic- prefer local and small production.

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                      jayt90 Jan 23, 2010 07:56 AM

                      Unpasteurized? All maple syrup has to be boiled.
                      I have no Idea what Noah's is selling, as raw maple, and by the pound.

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