Sugar Moon Farm
Sugar Moon Farm began in 1973 as Boondock Maple Products + Pancake House, owned and operated by Bob Williams. Bob moved to Earltown from Vermont and created this farm using draft horse power: he cleared the land with horses, built a sweet little house and barn, a log sugar camp and pancake house and a 2100 tap maple operation.
Quita and Scott met Bob in 1994. He was ready to pass on the farm to someone who would continue making maple syrup on the property. We commenced a 2-year apprenticeship, learning the crafts of maple sugaring and horse logging.
In 1996, we took over the farm and renamed it Sugar Moon Farm. Today we have 2500 taps, a log sugar camp and restaurant and we're open year round. We proudly continue the spring tradition of creating exceptional maple syrup over an evaporator fired with mountain hardwood.
In 2001 we expanded the business to open year round, celebrating this Great Canadian Experience in all four seasons.
Sugar Moon Farm is a working maple farm, woodlot and restaurant. We produce quality food in a manner that supports local agriculture and community and respects land and water. To this end, we buy locally, sort and compost all kitchen waste and use a composting system for our public washrooms.
Scott and Quita are active members of Slow Food International and Slow Food Nova Scotia. Sugar Moon Farm is a member of Taste Nova Scotia and has received regional and provincial tourism awards. We enjoy visitors from all over the world and welcome back families year after year.
We invite you to share our passion for the taste and magic of maple!
We're Scott Whitelaw and Quita Gray. We've lived here with our family for over 20 years, making a living on this farm and sharing our love for maple with visitors year round from all over the world. Our small, hand-made house is just below the sugar woods; our lives are steeped in maple: We don't go a day without eating it. And after all these years, we remain spellbound by the magical process of making maple syrup.
Every spring when the winter days begin to lengthen, we hike up the hill, tap our trees, gather the crystal clear sap from sugar maples and transform it into pure maple syrup over a roaring hardwood fire.
Every year our appreciation deepens for this life and this part of the world. We feel blessed to be living in this little community steeped in Gaelic, Scottish, Acadian and Miqmaq history and filled with helpful, gifted and unique neighbours.
We've raised two beautiful daughters on this farm: Kalina's in Canmore, Alberta living the good life and Eriel's in Abu Dhabi teaching Kindergarten. They both come home periodically to help out.
And then there's our little "sugar baby", Samara, who arrived at the peak of the 2005 maple season. That's why we call her Samara: the seeds with wings that fly from the maple trees. She's learning every aspect of the business and teaching us lots along the way.
Our dogs have always been Akbash - Turkish livestock protection dogs - right now Viya, a beautiful 2 year old female. Our horse is a Clydesdale - Gordie (Jiggs passed away last summer - we need to find Gordie a friend!).
Say hello when you see us; we love to meet guests at the farm.