Manitowish Waters Cranberry Growers

Manitowish Waters Cranberry Growers

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We are the five original farms established in Manitowish Waters starting in 1946. We strive for sustainable farming and environmental stewardship to protect our lakes, rivers, and soil. 

Manitowish Waters is home to 650 acres of cranberries, producing around 15,000,000 pounds, annually. Most of the farms in Manitowish Waters were started in the mid-1940’s by five families who moved to the area for a better life. These families paid to have roads and bridges built, and power and phone lines ran to their homes and farms.

The first harvest on these farms was in 1948 and was all harvested by hand. The cranberry beds were developed from the wetlands on the southwest corner of Manitowish Waters, mostly dug by hand and leveled with horses pulling logs until a bulldozer was able to be brought in.

Today, the six farms in Manitowish Waters range in size from 60 acres to 200 acres, some of which are owned and operated by the second to fourth generation of cranberry growers.

We strive for sustainable farming and environmental stewardship to protect our lakes, rivers, and soil. The cranberry growers in Manitowish Waters have their lakes that they use the water from tested every 3-5 years for quality, clarity, and do a macrophyte study to ensure their growing practices don’t affect the water quality. Their results have proven there has been no change in the water quality since they started the testing in the early 1980’s! 

Harvest in Manitowish Waters usually starts the second week of September and runs through the middle of October. Collectively, the cranberry farms in Manitowish Waters employ roughly 30 full-time people, some of which are provided housing as a benefit of the job. For harvest, an additional 50 employees are hired.


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