Allen and Miriam Durkey of Voelz’s Sugarbush, Tilleda, WI were honored on May 8, 2021, with the WMSPA 2020 Producer of the year award. Miriam’s father, Eugene started the family operation in 1934 with an open pan in the woods. In 1961, It was time to move from an open pan to buy an evaporator and build a building to house it. The family business brought heart, love, and sweetness together. It also brought Allen and Miriam together. Allen’s family was also making maple syrup. Between 4-H and their common interest of syruping the two met and eventually were married on October 8, 1983. Currently, the family taps 3000 taps on their family land with sap bags. Each year they spend weekends before the season putting 3000 bags and holders together. They share the love of maple syrup with their 2 children, Heather and Holly, 2 grandchildren Roselyn and Kayson. Miriam’s brothers both help, Dale helps drive the tractor through the woods, and David helps with the cooking on the evaporator. Mom Marion is the head chief or boss of everything. Allen and Miriam have been members of WMSPA for many years. Allen currently serves as a director in District 1 and Miriam is the current WMSPA treasurer. They have also helped out in the Fall Tour Planning Committee, Promotion Committee, State Fair, and various WMSPA events.