Employees at the Tweed Valu Mart have benefited from the kindness and generosity of a local maple syrup producing family farm.

The essential grocery store workers received 34 bottles of maple syrup, one for each store employee, from the production season courtesy of Palmateer Farms Maple Sugar Bush this week.

The bottles featured a tag on them with a message of thanks to the workers for their efforts to serve the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The farm is run by Steven and Ashley Palmateer, along with their three daughters, Steven’s father, and a family friend.

Ashley Palmateer stated they had had a record maple syrup season since the farm originated in terms of the amount of syrup produced.

Unfortunately, with very little chance to distribute it to visiting customers, she thought it would be a good idea to donate it to essential workers like the ones at Valu Mart as symbols of gratitude for their service.

She noted this was a simple, small gesture that she and her family figured would be a big spirit-lifter for staff who have gone through some tough, stressful days on the job during the pandemic.

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Written by Brian Dodo

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