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 Ev 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 Ev Van Deurzen began by tapping only 50 trees and cooking in a small flat pan in the woods. The trees were tapped with a hand-held crank drill and collected in pails. As their family grew so did their business since more kids meant more taps. After a few years of cooking in the woods, Don and Ev moved their cooking operation into a small sugar house on their family farm. Then in 2006, they built a new sugarhouse at its current location and upgraded to a 3' x 12' evaporator. In 2017, a state-licensed kitchen was added to the sugar house.
Don and Ev have been members of the Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producers Association (WMSPA) since 1967. In 2010, they were named Producers of the Year and in 2017 were named Honorary Life Members.
Today, Don and Ev have 10 children, 31 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. They run over 1,200 taps with 500 running on a solar-powered vacuum tubing system. Every year the family, and friends, come together to help make this sweet treat.
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.