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Tim Driscoll (left) and Eldon Lindsay talk shop while boiling sap.
Tim Driscoll (left) and Eldon Lindsay talk shop while boiling sap.

A sweet year at the sugar shack

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Right around now, anyone with a sugar bush is busy with the business of turning maple sap into syrup. It's a familiar rite of spring for many, and a delightful discovery for others. Tim Driscoll has been helping one friend or another with syrup season since childhood. About a dozen years ago, Tim and some of his old pals decided to revive a neglected sugar bush on the edge of Eldon Lindsay's dairy farm, in Kars, Ontario. They built a very simple sugar shack out of recycled barn board -- a grizzled clubhouse in the woods. The four friends sell just enough syrup to cover their costs. It's where sap boils away amid tall trees and quiet beauty. Ottawa reporter Lucy Martin dropped by to sample fresh sap, syrup and stories.

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Lucy Martin
Ottawa Correspondent

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