Wheelers Maple Syrup Certified Organic
At Wheelers we have always striven to make the purest and best tasting maple syrup in a way that protects and preserves our maple forest for many generations to come. It is our privilege to be able to harvest the sweet maple sap from the sugar maple trees every spring and craft it into Canadas’ most iconic food. Our maple trees, some of which have been living for more than 300 years, are our livelihood. In recognition of our commitment to our product and our environment it seemed a natural step to obtain Organic Certification. 3rd party inspections are the strongest aspect of organic certification. Ecocert Canada carries out regular inspections of our forest and sugar camp to verify compliance with the Canada Organic Standard for Maple.
One would assume that maple syrup is a naturally organic product but production practices vary widely among producers. Organic Certification verifies that producers follow standards set out for their maple forest and production practices.
Organic Standards cover:
*Forest biodiversity, protection of habitat, and wetlands
*Appropriate tapping practices (diameter of trees, number of taps, depth of holes)
*Prohibition of pesticides, fertilizers, GMO’s, and irradiation
*Use of food grade plastic or stainless steel on all surfaces exposed to sap or syrup
*Guidelines for washing and rinsing evaporators, sap lines, and reverse osmosis machines
*Products allowed for cleaning and sanitization of equipment and sap lines
*Production and traceability records