The idea for our Sugarbush Hill Maple Farm logo all began with a painting. Pauline and I fell in love with an oil painting of a vintage, rustic sugarshack, purchasing it at an auction benefitting the Lanark County Maple Producers Association in eastern Ontario.
Created by local Rideau Lakes District artist and sugarmaker Mary Chaikowsky, the light filled painting of a typical old-fashioned sugarshack is set in an Ontario sugarbush. A red tractor is hauling a gathering tank on top of a sap sleigh. It is bringing the spring’s bounty home for processing into fresh pure maple syrup. Large sugar maples with buckets that grace the foreground give way to rising hillsides of maples. The clear blue late afternoon sky bodes well for a cold night and the freeze-thaw cycle needed by the beautiful maples to produce the sweet water that eventually becomes 100% pure and delicious maple syrup.
“When we first saw it, it spoke to us of the good old days, of romantic and nostalgic times. Children laughing and playing with taffy on snow in hand, adults renewing acquaintances as another long winter loosens its grip on the countryside. Rising steam from the crackling, wood-fired evaporator and the smell of freshly made maple syrup welcomes the years first harvest. It was a time of fun and great celebration”. The amber-brown board & batten siding, the red metal roof, and the cupola of this painting were all incorporated into the construction of present day Sugarbush Hill.