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Tapped Maple Syrup aims to help rural economy

Story By Griffin Stroin
Local News Published 11/20/2020 5:27PM, Last Updated 11/24/2020 9:29PM
Antigo - Jeremy Solin's family has been a part of the Anitgo community for a long time.

"This land has been in our family for over 100 years and has been used for lots of different things through that time," Solin said.

At one point the land was used as a dairy farm but not anymore.

"Tapped Maple Syrup makes pure and infused maple syrups," Solin said. "We focus on sourcing those maple syrups from sustainable managed forests in Wisconsin."

Solin and his wife co-own Tapped. They have been in business for about three and half years and this time of year is always busy.

"This time of year things get a little crazy," Solin said. "We sell close to half our maple syrup from the fall to the winter."

But while he is using the trees to gather syrup he also makes sure to take care of his land.

"We're trying to make sure that we continue to take care of our land and generate some revenue from that land," Solin said. "Keep it in the family. And then support other rural landowners and build an economy around maple syrup."

Maple syrup is not the only thing that's grown on their property though.

"Christmas trees are another way we're able to generate some income and still treat the land in a way that we think it should be treated," Solin said.

But it all comes back to the land that his family has owned for 100 years, because he wants to make sure it stays in the family for another 100 years.

"I grew up on this land, getting to work with my dad," Solin said. "One of the cool things about owning these companies is that our kids get to be involved with that. They get to work with their grandpa and grandma and get that same connection and hopefully we're able to continue that into the future as well." 
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