Happy Retirement Bill!
Gibbons Family Farm Maple Sugar House is now CLOSED
Check out the Recorder & Times article: Gibbons Family Farm closes doors
The Last Words from the Sugar Bush
Date: January 3, 2020
After making the announcement in October 2019 that we will be closing in 2020, we promised to remain open until the very last drop of maple syrup was sold from our 2019 production season. Much sooner than we ever imagined, every last drop has now been sold. Our farm gate store is completely empty. We are now closed.
News from the Sugar Bush
Date: October 17, 2019
Bill and Sarah will now enjoy a little R&R before beginning the task of removing kilometers upon kilometers of pipeline in the maple bush. We are checking phone messages and emails occasionally if you need to reach us.
In closing, thank you. Thank you for all of your support over the years. It’s been a good ‘sap run’ for 25 years!
‘Sweet Maple’ regards,
Sarah & Bill
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Dear Friends of Gibbons Maple Syrup,
It’s that time of year when we begin to prepare and plan for the upcoming maple syrup season (hard to believe it’s just 5 months away!). Fall is spent washing and maintaining the pipeline, ordering syrup containers and supplies, as well as continuing sales by attending local Christmas shows, keeping local stores stocked, and filling mail orders.
This year though will be a little different as we are also preparing for a retirement. After 20 years as a dairy farmer, and 25 yeas as a maple syrup producer, Bill is retiring! As his business partner and daughter, all I can say is: Happy Retirement Dad – well deserved, do enjoy!
So where does this leave myself (Sarah) and Gibbons Maple Syrup? Over the next six months, business as usual regarding maple syrup sales, however we will not be preparing for a 2020 maple syrup production season. After much succession planning, with Bill’s retirement, also comes the announcement that Gibbons Maple Syrup will not be producing maple syrup in the spring of 2020 or any year afterwards.
Therefore, not only a change for Bill, but for myself too! However not any time soon as Gibbons Maple Syrup remains open until our inventory is gone. Over the next few months, we will be keeping ourselves busy with our Fall retail sales (farm gate store, Christmas shows, mail orders), packaging the remainder of our 2019 maple syrup into containers and making deliveries. When the last drop of liquid gold is sold, a new adventure (unknown at this time) for Sarah!
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. Thank you for being a wonderful friend of Gibbons Maple Syrup – your tremendous support made Gibbons Family Farm a successful, small local business.
‘Sweet Maple’ regards,
Sarah Gibbons, Bill Gibbons
Gibbons Family Farm
41 Leacock Road, RR 1
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