Marshfield (WAOW) - A Marshfield family is making maple syrup for more than just a sweet treat.
They're tapping trees right in the middle of the city, and in the process, they're tapping into new friendships.
"I've wanted to make maple syrup for a lot of years," said Sam Voight. So he started doing that in the driveway of his Marshfield house.
"Living right here in town, I only have two trees so I'm dependent on the people around me and the people in my neighborhood," said Voight.
He started reaching out, asking permission to tap his neighbors' trees.
"When we got the go-ahead to tap some of their trees, well then, it kept growing," said Voight.
Now he has almost 200 taps throughout the neighborhood. Anyone who lets him tap their trees gets some of the syrup.
"The greatest benefit that we have comes from building community, bringing people together, introducing them to nature, watching the faces of the children light up when they taste it, some of them for the very first time," said Voight.
Speaking of kids, Voight is sharing his passion with many of them, too.
"We were learning about tapping trees in social science, so now we came to see it," said Lincoln Elementary fourth grader Carston Freis. He and his fellow students visited Voight's home Thursday to see how syrup is made.
The students were impressed, especially when it was time to sample the finished product.
"I liked when we got to taste it," said Carston.
"Sweet, like a really sweet brown liquid," added classmate Jasmine Carlsen.
"Maple syrup is one of the sweetest things there is, and I love maple syrup," said Voight.
It's a love and passion he continues to share with many people.
In fact, Voight has a goal to tap 500 trees by next year, all within a few blocks of his home.