Maple Buzz and Maple Sweet Dairy have been working together to keep it sweet in Wisconsin and beyond. Maple Sweet Dairy focuses on producing quality maple syrup, while Maple Buzz focuses on maple and honey specialty products, along with raw honey.
Maple Sweet Dairy
Maple Sweet Dairy is rooted in over 60 years of maple syrup production. Other than producing maple syrup Don and Evelyn ran a 160-acre family farm. The name Maple Sweet Dairy came from the maple syrup and sweet corn that they produced on their dairy farm. In 1964, Don and Evelyn Van Deurzen began by tapping only 50 trees and cooking in a small flat pan in the woods. As their family grew so did their business since more kids meant more taps, they moved into a small sugar house on their family farm. Then in 2006, they built a new sugarhouse at its current location. In 2017, a state-licensed kitchen was added to the sugar house.
Don and Evelyn have been proud members of the Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producers Association (WMSPA) since 1967. They believed
continues education in maple syrup was important. In 2010, they were named Producers of the Year and in 2017 were named
Honorary Life Members. In 2020, Don and Evelyn passed their legacy on to their daughter, Theresa and son in law, Jon, who currently run the operation with family and friends. Little did Jon know in 1996, coming out to the woods to tap a tree with his girlfriend, Theresa, and her dad, Don, would lead to life of love and a great family tradition even bringing his own family in to experience that love.
Today, they run over 1,200 taps which includes pails, tubing and 500 taps running on a solar-powered vacuum system with a wood fired evaporator. They also cook sap for family members and friends. Every year the family, and friends, come together to help make this
sweet treat. They also enjoy educating the public in maple syrup production through field trips, tours , and educational presentations.
In 2017, Maple Buzz was founded when a few friends had the idea of combining maple syrup and honey. This resulted in Maple Buzz partnering with Maple Sweet Dairy to use their quality maple syrup to make specialty products. Today, Maple Buzz produces a wide variety of maple and honey specialty products, including bourbon maple syrup, maple cream, and creamed honey. In just three years, Maple Buzz expanded from four products to twenty and increased from one beehive to six hives. The honey comes straight from the hive and is then only filtered to preserve the nutrients and other beneficial aspects of raw honey, such as pollen. Maple Buzz continues to expand by partaking in more farmers' markets, which currently includes De Pere, Downtown Green Bay, and Badger State Brewing Company. After the friends parted ways Theresa and Alicia Baroun, the daughter and granddaughter of Don and Ev Van Deurzen, took over the business. Today, they work together to promote honey and maple syrup.