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Thank you for helping us hydrate Fort McMurray volunteers and evacuees

Last month, ravaging wildfires forced more than 80,000 people to flee their homes in Fort McMurray. They were met with support and aid from tens of thousands of volunteers, businesses and government institutions providing aid, shelter, food, clothing and other items.

Sapsucker teamed up with a group of Toronto-based businesses and shipped a 20’ container full of product and supplies to Edmonton Emergency Relief Services Society, to reach both victims and volunteers of the fires. We shipped more than 5,000 L of Sapsucker Maple Water to help hydrate those in need.

To be part of the container project was important to us – as some of our roots are planted in Alberta.

Big thanks to King St. East Design District, CP Rail, GIANT Container and other local businesses for your help in filling this  container with supplies for volunteers and evacuees of Fort McMurray.2016-06-14 20.55.18

Donations List for Fort McMurray

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Sapsucker sustainable packaged water the belle of the Earth Ball at Mill Street

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Stewards of the Land

“Nature is not a place to visit, it is home.”

– Gary Snyder

This saying strikes very close to the heart for us at Sapsucker. Rural upbringings have left us with a connection and appreciation for the land that runs as deep as the roots of the maple trees that we tap. This connection has created a sense of responsibility, we are committed to stewardship of this land in order to protect its integrity. Which is why our goal is to make Sapsucker the most sustainable packaged water that you can buy.

Our commitment to sustainability makes the week leading up to earth day a reflective one where we try to sit back and consider our goals, our methods and whether or not we are fulfilling our responsibilities as stewards of the land. Here are a few ways that we’re keeping Sapsucker sustainable:

Sustainable Sourcing

Sapsucker is a product of the natural growth process of maple trees. The water each tree gives us originates as rain and ambient moisture in the air and soil, unlike traditional packaged waters which are produced by pumping from underground aquifers.  Excessive pumping of groundwater can have severe impacts on the communities and the environment around the pump site such as deterioration of water quality, reduction of water in streams and lakes and land subsidence. Sapsucker avoids these by using traditional methods to tap the maple trees, taking only as much as mother nature can give us that year. A maple tree can produce sap from maturity to 100 years of age or more without ever disrupting underground water resources (and, as a bonus, it naturally absorbs CO2 the whole time).

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Low Impact Packaging

The most visible way in which we have committed to sustainability is on our packaging. We chose Tetra Pak for Sapsucker for a few reasons. One is that the packaging itself has a smaller carbon footprint than the alternatives, and it’s recyclable in many municipalities. Tetra Pak also uses an innovative method of packaging that is aseptic. This method means our product requires less processing to make it ready to sell, allowing us to avoid the use of preservatives. Aseptic packaging also give Sapsucker a longer shelf life which helps us reduce waste from spoiled product. Finally, the shape and weight of the package makes Sapsucker more efficient to ship, our Tetra packaging comes flat on a roll which allows us to fit exponentially more packaging on a truck than if we were using plastic or glass bottles and it much lighter. This contributes to reduced fuel use on its way to your table!2TetraPacks_TransparentBackground

Healthy Forests

We are also committed to keeping Sapsucker just as nature intended it. This means we keep processing to a minimum, do not add in any preservatives or additives and are organic and non-GMO certified. We depend upon the health of the forests and do not use any fertilizers or pesticides to speed up the growth of the trees. Mother nature knows best and we always try to make sure that we’re listening to her!

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We invite you to join us this week in taking stock of the impact that we are all leaving on the environment, and what we can do together in order to minimize that impact. While it’s important to recognize the strides we have made in living sustainably it’s even more important for us to recognize where we can improve. As we like to say here at Sapsucker, keep your spirits high and your carbon footprint low!

 

 

Here we grow again!

April is shaping up to be a big month for us. We just finished our second harvest, attending  some great events and we’re releasing a new size to enjoy our tree water.  Introducing organic sapsucker in a 250mL!

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The newest member of the Sapsucker family

Perfect for the on-the-go lifestyle, this compact size is the perfect way to bring the delicious taste of Sapsucker with you when you need something lightweight and portable. We also added on organic certification. Rest assured Sapsucker was organic before we got the certification, but now it’s official!

Our newest addition to the Sapsucker family will be making its debut this month as one of Feasts offerings to pair with their chef-made meals crafted with local ingredients. Stay tuned to our Twitter to find out what dates we’re available.

We’re also introducing the new 250ml Sapsucker at this week’s Best Restaurants 2016 party by Toronto Life magazine. It’s an absolute honour for us to be serving our water alongside some of the best new restaurants that this city has to offer!

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We’ll be at Toronto Life’s Best Restaurants of 2016

Come over for dinner!

The 250ml Sapsuckers contain the fruits of our 2016 spring harvest, which just recently finished. The spring harvest for us is a bit of a whirlwind so we wanted to celebrate our return to a normal work-life balance (sort of).   What better way to celebrate the end of the season than by celebrating the very reason we harvest in the first place? The sap! And so we are proud to announce the very first Sapsucker Forest-to-Table dinner series in partnership with Urban Acorn and The Flying Chestnut.

We believe that food brings people together and where it comes from matters, which is why partnering with Urban Acorn on this edition of their vegan supper club was a natural decision. Over the course of three nights the folks from Urban Acorn will serve a delicious sap inspired meal to a group of people in a pop-up kitchen space near their Junction retail location. We’ve been given a sneak peak of the menu  and have been dreaming about it all week. You can get tickets here!

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Urban Acorn put together a great poster for the event!

Following this on April 17th our friends at The Flying Chestnut will be having a one-off sap inspired dinner as well. This one is special as it is on our home turf in the Valley where Sapsucker got it’s start. Be sure  to call them for reservations because once it’s booked that’s it!

So join us for dinner in order to celebrate the end of our second harvest and the beginning of our second product, the organic 250ml Sapsucker!

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