Established in 1977, the sugar bush of the Cosman & Webb Farm has been producing the finest, most pure, organic maple syrup for nearly half a century. Today, the ancient forest and fertile soils are home to an abundance of thriving animal and plant species; it is a sanctuary of biodiversity, a place of beauty, and is now cherished by a third generation of Cosmans.
Daniel Cosman and Sarah (Webb) Cosman
Cosman & Webb
"Our story starts with my parents, David and Linda, a hard-working couple who purchased a farm in the Eastern Townships of southern Quebec in 1977. The barns were dilapidated, the farmhouse was in need of repairs, and the fields were overgrown, but they had fallen in love with the land and the possibility of the simple, honest living that it offered them. With little money and many acres, David and Linda needed to start generating income for the farm. They scraped together enough money to purchase four cows, and their farming vocation officially began. In 1986, the first 400 maple trees were tapped. All of the sap collected in that first season was sold to a neighbouring syrup producer; it was a lot of work for almost no return. Over the next several years, David and Linda grew their herd of cows to 50, built their own sugar camp, and increased their maple taps to 6000. When, in 1995, an adjacent parcel of sugar maples came up for sale, David and Linda felt they had to buy it to save it from being clear-cut. The property was large and it needed to pay for itself, more organic syrup was the answer. As the woods flourished and the farm grew, David and Linda also raised a family - me (Daniel), my brother Patrick, and my sister Andrea. Though we all left the farm for a time to pursue degrees and explore the world beyond the Townships, the three of us are still deeply rooted to the land on which we grew up. Tapping the maples in the winter, sugaring in the spring, and tending to the lines throughout the year, we continue to gather together as a family in all the seasons of the farm and forest. And as my own children, Yannick and Eleanor, explore and play in the woods and fields, a third generation of Cosmans is now falling in love with this beautiful place."