Imagine my surprise when I picked up the phone in early May and I was asked if we would be interested in meeting the Royal couple. At first the usual "this has got to be a joke" ran through my mind but it seemed like a legitimate call and indeed it was.
As I soon learned, the Royal couple were making a stop in New Brunswick on their visit to Canada and they had asked to meet a maple syrup producer. Prince Charles has been a promoter of organic food for many years and actually produces organic vegetables in his garden at his Highgrove estate, therefore our organic maple products were a perfect fit.
Karen (daughter-in-law) and Emily (daughter) were enthusiastic from day one. They, along with our son, Zak, joined Gus and I for the gala event to represent the next generation of maple producers. We had lots of fun deciding wardrobe, what to use for serving utensils, and how to set up the booth. Of course, Gus' main concern was the taste and quality of the syrup. He decided on the syrup, spread and sugar that would be presented.
Fast forward to May 18 and here we are at the Marco Polo terminal in Saint John, New Brunswick meeting the Royal couple. The day was prefect! Saint John had never looked better - every street had been swept, flowers were planted and the streets were lined with people waiting for a glimpse of the royals.
Inside the terminal, the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra provided entertainment. As the entourage approached our area of the terminal, the Duchess came directly to Zak, Karen and Emily and sampled a taste of syrup. Prince Charles soon joined and he, too, had a sample. They took their time and asked questions about maple including how it is produced and how production had been this year.
What a fun day. I like to think I am not unduly influenced by famous people but I confess, I was starstruck. The Prince and Duchess were gracious and made us feel that what we do is important and that they were very pleased to spend time at our booth.