Lou Varricchio

The tractor king: Roger Chioniere

For a certain group of folks (mostly men, mostly ex-farmers, or those same who grew up on a farm), restoring an old farm contraption has the same irresistible allure as, well, gingerly rubbing a genie’s bottle with a dollop of 10W-40 to help things along.

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Area sugarers make sweet deal

Talking about the economics of maple for small farmers, though, Krieg was less enthused. “It became really apparent to me that the small farmers are having a really tough time and are going to have an even tougher time surviving,” he said of his experience in the maple industry.