To our valued customers and volunteers,
We have decided to close the sugarbush until further notice due to the concern over the spread of COVID-19. We are following the recommendations from Public Health regarding mass gatherings and trying to limit exposure to large crowds. On any given day that we are running tours and serving pancakes our numbers are between 1000-1500 people. Agape wants to contribute to the community in a positive way by taking the steps to help try eliminate the spread of this virus and keep the safety of its’ customers and volunteers in mind.
We appreciate your understanding in this matter
President of Niagara Shorthills Christian Ministries
**As of March 13, 2020 the sugarbush is closed until further notice due to COVID-19. Continue to monitor the website and social media for updates.
The sugarbush is CLOSED (due to coronavirus) to the public
Sat. March 7
Sat. March 14
March Break (16-20)
Sat. March 21
Sat. March 28
Sat. April 4
CLOSED ON SUNDAYS
You don’t want to miss coming to our pancake house this spring! Come with family and friends to enjoy a delicious meal and take a FREE sugar bush tour to see how maple syrup is produced. All the proceeds go towards our day camp, to keep the cost affordable for all families. We look forward to seeing you!
Agape Valley Pancakes
Dry Mix (for sale through our online store):
Ingredients: Wheat Flour, Sugar, Baking Powder, Salt
Directions for 10 – 12 medium pancakes
You will need:
1 cup soured milk *
3 large eggs
2 tbsp oil (melted butter can be substituted)
2 cups of AGAPE DRY MIX
*to sour milk add 1 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice to the cup of milk
Preheat skillet over med-high heat or electric griddle to 325-350F
(Remember every griddle/stove top is different
Lightly grease skillet/griddle
Mix It Up
Measure your Agape dry mix into a bowl.
Add the wet ingredients.
Stir with a whisk or electric mixer on low-med setting until smooth
Add more milk or dry mix to get the consistency you are happy with
Cook It Up!
Using a 1/4-1/3 cup to scoop the batter for each pancake
Flip the pancake when the batter is “set” and the bottoms are golden brown.
Continue to cook for approximately 1-2 minutes until the second side is golden.
Serve with Agape Valley maple syrup.
Thank you for considering to serve our Lord Jesus Christ at the ministry of Agape Valley this March. As a volunteer run ministry, we appreciate the time you are able to give. Minimum age to volunteer is 13.
Throughout the month of March there are two ministries to volunteer in:
1. Public Sugar Bush Days (Saturday’s and March Break)
2. School Field Trip Days (Weekdays)
Please fill out our online volunteer form to let us know when you are available and what you would like to do!
Click here to complete the online form → ONLINE SUGARBUSH VOLUNTEER FORM
We will send you confirmation of the dates you will be volunteering.
On public sugarbush days (Saturdays and March Break) Volunteers come at 7:30am for morning devotion (with the exception of some kitchen volunteers who come for 6:30am). The sugarbush is open 8:30-3:30 to the public. A lunch is provided to all volunteers. If you can only come for a part day or for a few hours that is great! We appreciate the time that you area able to give.
Here is a list of volunteer jobs during the sugarbush season:
*Please note, we do our best to accommodate where you prefer to work, it is dependant on volunteers each day
“UP TOP” at the LODGE
“DOWN BELOW” in the sugarbush
Making pancakes/french toast, eggs, hash browns, sausages, prepping batter, plating orders, hot beverages, dishes (Some 6:30am start, 1/2 days available)
Driving the shuttle up and down
Indoor Tour Guide
Teaching how we make maple syrup in modern day
Pancake house or Store
Fire wood, trail maintenance, garbages, stoking fires
Main booth in parking lot
Outside Tour Guide
Teaching the history of maple syrup through the forest.
Directing cars where to park
Bottling Maple Syrup
Working on a team to bottle maple syrup.
Wearing our sugarbush mascots in the pancake house to greet children
Operating the evaporator, stocking the fire.
Prepare and make the taffy on snow
Kitchen – making pancakes, serving children, reading a story, clean up
End of Day Clean Up
Help take some of the responsibility off those who volunteered all day and come clean the lodge (sweeping, bathrooms, mopping)
We also have our product at these local stores:
– Personal Touch Home Improvements ( 2601 Highway 20 East Fonthill, ON L0S 1E6 )
– Gospel Folio Press (304 Killaly St W, Port Colborne, ON L3K 6A6)
– Our Online Maple Store
If you are looking for something specific, please call us at 905-89-AGAPE (905-892-4273).