I love discovering new farms in Halton! Ever since we moved to Milton a year ago, we have been spoiled with local farm eggs, honey, maple syrup, and locally-raised meats. Recently I learned about Martin’s Sweet Farm in Campbellville, Ontario. It was founded by Heather and Les Martin in 2014. Les grew up on a farm and Heather in the country – but big city careers pulled them away from their roots, only to have them return in recent years. When Les’ employer was bought out by a larger American company, he took it as a sign that he and Heather should return to their roots and build a business they truly cared about.
The couple always knew they wanted to raise their three kids on a farm. Les had been keeping bees and making maple syrup as a hobby for a few years when Heather suggested they make a sweet farm. They eventually acquired the farm and began creating their delicious, sweet tooth-centric products!
Martin’s Sweet Farm sells their products at local farmers’ markets, partnering retailers, and even have their own storefront on their farm’s acreage. They sell honey and maple syrup, as well as a bunch of related sweet products (like dessert toppings). Les and Heather manage roughly 100 bee hives and tap close to 1000 trees. Nothing goes to waste- they use their honey in a line of all natural soaps, lip balms and other body products. They use their beeswax in all natural pure beeswax candles. They also make some treats and candies using their honey and maple syrup like fudge and toffee, just to name a few!
Honey and maple syrup have become a staple in our household, so there was no doubt that we would pick some up when we visited! I am happy to report that (after eating honey by the spoonfuls) the Martin Sweet Farm honey was bang-on delicious! Les and Heather are all about keeping it simple, pure and natural, and you can taste it in the honey. The unspoiled land, wealth and variety of native plant life provides the farm’s honeybees with ample food sources to bring back to their hives. We found the honey fragrant and not overly sweet. Just perfect!
The maple syrup was unreal! Credit goes to the soil and climate on the farm that creates an incredible delicious taste – Sweet, hint of maple and never bitter! I loved how it was so flavourful that you only need a little to compliment your morning french toast or pancakes.
It is great to find a farm and a family that truly cares about their products and the community. The Martin Family didn’t have the luxury of a farm handed down from generations before them. They started this farm from scratch, and their hard work shows in their finished foods! If you want to support a local farm that produces delicious products Martin’s Sweet Farm is the place to be! Have you been there? Planning to visit? Share your comments below!
Thank you to the Martin Family for sharing their story with me. Looking forward to our next visit!