maple syrup http://michiganradio.org en Michigan's maple syrup farming is sweet for the economy http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-maple-syrup-farming-sweet-economy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The first farm crop to be harvested in Michigan is ready.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Michigan ranks number five in maple syrup production each year, and according to the Michigan Maple Syrup Association, that sweet syrup helps pump nearly $2.5 million into Michigan's economy each year.</p><p>But there are plenty of maple trees in Michigan that are not being tapped. So we wondered, if we have all these trees, why aren't more people making maple syrup?</p><p>Michael Farrell's book is called <em>The Sugar Makers Companion: An Integrated Approach to Producing Syrup from Maple, Birch, and Walnut Trees.</em></p><p>Farrell joins us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:35:07 +0000 Stateside Staff 17132 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's maple syrup farming is sweet for the economy A rebound for Michigan's maple syrup producers http://michiganradio.org/post/rebound-michigans-maple-syrup-producers <p>It has been a good year for maple syrup in Michigan. Farms produced twice the amount of syrup as they did last year, thanks to prime weather conditions that extended the tree-tapping season into April.</p><p>Syrup production ended in the Lower Peninsula in early April, and the Upper Peninsula continued production until the end of April. The official numbers of gallons produced will be released in early June.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 31 May 2013 16:24:50 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12807 at http://michiganradio.org A rebound for Michigan's maple syrup producers