In the spring of 1860, Joseph and Theresia Marquardt, along with their 3 young children (Anna, Erdman, & Linus) left their home in Lindau, Lower Silesia Germany (now Golaszyn, Poland) with dreams of land ownership and a peaceful life in Canada. When they arrived in Canada, as part of their immigration process, the family was granted land on the Canadian Shield just south of the hamlet of Denbigh, Ontario. Although the land was more rock than soil, the Marquardt family established a homestead and farm on the land. As the family grew, the Marquardt’s acquired additional land and carried on traditional farming activities such as crops and livestock for more than 100 years. To say they thrived on the land would be an overstatement, but it was enough to survive.
One of the first “crops” the Marquardt family was able to harvest from the land was Maple Syrup, a treat that can only be made in the early spring when the sap flows in the maple trees. Maple syrup was an important commodity for the Marquardt family, as it was the first crop produced and available to send to market after a long hard winter. It was also equally important for the family as a source of clean, healthy, sugar which was difficult to source.
Although traditional farming has ceased on the land, the ownership of the property remains within the Marquardt family. The traditional syrup making techniques have been passed down from generation to generation and many of the same maples that were once tapped by the first Marquardts are still tapped today. Fourth, fifth, and sixth generation Marquardts still produce maple syrup every Spring but have also ventured into other passive farming activities such as honey and birch syrup production. Since we have such connection with the land, our family recognizes the need to produce these new products sustainably so that future generations can enjoy the resources brought from the land as much as we do. All our products are natural, pure, and free from additives. We hope your family enjoys these traditionally made products as much as we do.