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Tapping maples means tree care

January 29, 2010
By JOHANNA BOYLE Journal Ishpeming Bureau

MARQUETTE - Mike and Joyce Ross depend on trees to make their living. But the 70 acres they own near their home in Rudyard aren't used for logging.

The Ross family owns RMG Family Sugar Bush, the second largest maple syrup producer in the state.

"Maple is a much healthier form of sweetener than the processed sugar," Mike Ross said.

In conjunction with the Marquette Food Co-op, Ross has been presenting introductory workshops for those interested in learning to tap their own maple sap.

"It's primarily to spark interest," he said of the workshops, the most recent of which was held Tuesday evening at the Peter White Public Library.

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