agriculture http://ripr.org en Maple Syrup Production up in RI http://ripr.org/post/maple-syrup-production-ri <p>Maple Syrup production in RI is in full swing says Pete Susi, Deputy Chief of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Division of Agriculture.&nbsp;</p><p>With some tapping their trees as early as January, producers now face a fickle spring as good maple syrup flow requires below freezing nights and warm days.</p><p>Despite weather fluctuations production is already up two to three times from last year says says Gibby Fountain a producer, of Sugar Hill Sugarhouse, a farm in Richmond.</p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 21:12:50 +0000 John Bender 11325 at http://ripr.org Maple Syrup Production up in RI Farmers Markets popular in winter http://ripr.org/post/farmers-markets-popular-winter <p>The popularity of Farmers Markets in Rhode Island is growing and you can find them during the winter months, in addition to summer months.&nbsp; Chief of the Division of Agriculture of the Department of Environmental Management, Ken Ayers says the markets move indoors during the cold weather. &nbsp;<br>Ayers says Farmers Markets are important to local farms.</p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 13:52:00 +0000 Lydia Rogers 4422 at http://ripr.org