In 2010, after a series of illnesses that were destroying his body, Steve was diagnosed with Lyme’s Disease. Lyme’s is a bacterial infection that attacks, damages and shuts down parts of the body. Eating clean was a large part of Steve’s recovery, so knowing where his food came from became critical.
Initially Steve and Patty raised their own laying hens, broiler (meat) chickens and produced a small amount of maple syrup. In 2010, they bought 4 bee colonies and the love and challenges of beekeeping began.
In 2012, they decided it was time to get their own farm, and moved to the current location by the beginning of 2013. This farm was to be a 10-year plan. Build it up for 10 years and then decide what the next steps would be. It was at this time that the farm was appropriately named “Dare2Dream Farm”. There was a lot of work put into restoring the farm and surrounding property. Everyone pitched in to make it work.
Since 2015 we have been focused on agri – innovation. We are constantly striving to develop the best new products. In the past few years we have created honey and maple sticks. They are straws that are capped on both ends that contain 1tsp of either honey or maple syrup. When you pop open one end it becomes the perfect stir stick for coffee or tea. We then decided to develop a maple cotton candy. It was made from pure Ontario maple syrup and only contained 5g of natural sugar for the entire tub. It was known around town as “Maple Fluff”. Our next best hit was Honey Vinegar. This product was made from raw, Ontario honey that we converted into honey wine, fermenting it into honey vinegar. The product is great for your guts and has several health benefits. It reduces acid reflux, inflammation and is great to use against the common cold. Our latest product is Maple Butter. We make this product purely from Ontario maple syrup. You can use it on toast, pancakes, waffles, cake, cookies, ice cream or whatever your heart desires. Please be sure to check back regularly for new products.