John and Norma Banford, 140 Mother Barnes Rd, Athens ON Canada K0E 1B0

(613) 924-1661


A Brief History - Golden Moment Farm

Maple Syrup

We established Golden Moment Farm in 1997.   Before we purchased the property we researched the land and property to determine how we could make a living from the property.  The results of this research determined that the best sustainable business opportunity would be to establish a maple syrup business.  That became our goal. 

In 1998 (yep the year of the ice storm) we were ready to launch our 1st efforts...  it was an extremely difficult year as most of our trees received 65% crown damage and the future was 'ify' at best.  But we persevered and moved forward year by year.  

Since then we have grown from 300 buckets and a homemade processing system to over 1200 taps on pipeline and the latest in Maple Syrup processing equipment.  

Products for sale

Golden Retrievers

A 2nd focus for our farm would be continuing breeding and raising Golden Retrievers...  We got our first retriever in 1989 and since then have bred every couple of years, and maintained our female  line - our next litter will be in 2019 and will be the 9th generation of our first female. The goal in breeding these dogs is not so much for making a profit but more to have a strong and healthy line of puppies that people can enjoy and rely on. 


Our 3rd focus for the farm came after a couple of years...  we decided that in doing business sustainably, and with tradition we purchased a team of Clydesdale mares...  We felt that using horses to gather sap, and  perhaps do farm tours of the property opened up another avenue for revenue.  Through the years and with many lessons  learned we determined that although it did bring in a bit of revenue our physical health with aging make it a unrealistic in reality.  So now we enjoy our Clydesdales as big pets!

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Maple Products for Sale

Maple Syrup

4 litre (Plastic) $66.00  

2 litre (Plastic) $36.00  

l litre (Glass | Plastic) $23.00  

500 ml (Glass | Plastic) $12.50  

250 ml (Glass | Plastic) $7.50 

250 ml (Fancy - Glass Maple Leaf) $12.50  

50 ml (Fancy - Glass Maple Leaf) $4.50  

Maple Butter

250 ml - glass container $13.00

125 ml - plastic container $7.50

Maple Crunch

50 grams $5.00 (Resealable Plastic Bag)

Maple Candy | Maple Granulated Sugar

Maple Candy

Large Maple Leaf (1) $1.00  or 6 for $5.00

Granulated Sugar 

64 grams sugar - Shaker Bottle $5.00      

125 grams (Resealable Plastic Bag) $6.00 


*made to order to guarantee fresh


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Golden Moment Farm

140 Mother Barnes Road, Athens, ON K0E 1B0

(613) 924-1661



A personal interest in photography has resulted in years of pictures that I would like to share with you...  Scrolling below are memories through the years...  

If you are interested in purchasing any of the prints let me know - they are for sale... price depends on size and delivery cost.  

If you are interested in an opportunity to take some very unique photographs of Clydesdales, Golden Retrievers, a protected wetlands and 10+ km of nature trails guided walking tours can be organized . 


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