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The surprising world of birch syrup production in Ear Falls, Ont.

Up North host Jonathan Pinto learns the ins and out of birch syrup production from Gordon Grasley in Ear Falls.

Jonathan Pinto learns the ins and outs of birch syrup production in Ear Falls

Gordon Grasley owns Grasley's Ontario Birch Syrup in Ear Falls. (Supplied by Gordon Grasley)

It's a busy time of year for syrup producers in Northern Ontario — but it's not just maples being tapped.

A tapped birch tree. (Grasley's Ontario Birch Syrup/Facebook)

Gordon Grasley is the owner of Grasley's Ontario Birch Syrup in Ear Falls. I spoke to him recently to learn more about the world of birch syrup production.

Tap on the player to hear our conversation.

Gordon Grasley taps his birch trees every year to extract a unique syrup. While maple syrup may be the most popular variety, he says birch is gaining momentum and that he ships across the country. Grasley spoke to Up North host Jonathan Pinto about birch syrup and its many uses.

For more information on Grasley's Ontario Birch Syrup, visit their website.

Pipelines of birch sap. (Supplied by Gordon Grasley)
The finished product. (Grasley's Ontario Birch Syrup/Facebook)

Northern Nosh is a weekly feature on Up North, CBC Radio One's regional afternoon show for northern Ontario. If you know a food producer you think would make a great story, get in touch! 

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Jonathan Pinto is the host of Up North, CBC Radio One's regional afternoon show for Northern Ontario and is based in Sudbury. He was formerly a reporter/editor and an associate producer at CBC Windsor. Email


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