WARRENS, Wis (WXOW) – It’s time! Wetherby Cranberry Company started its fall harvest today.
It’s a familiar time as they have been growing cranberries for over a century. They are completely family owned, and are on their third generation of ownership.
For their family, growing cranberries isn’t just a job, it’s a way of life. Their marsh, situated in small Warrens, WI, is one of 250 in the state.
Owner of Wetherby Cranberry Company, Nodji Van Wychen, is proud to be a part of such a large production.
“I grew up on this marsh, all of my children have been raised here, and they stay around.Our grandchildren are here they love the life that they live,” said Van Wychen.
“We work hard but we can also enjoy all the privileges of growing up on a cranberry marsh.”
Cranberries are the largest fruit crop in the state, and incredibly, the berries grown in Wisconsin account for sixty percent of the worlds cranberry production. Making these family owned cranberry companies a large part of the industry.
“The cranberry is my livelihood, that’s how I stay alive.” said Van Wychen.
Wetherby says its annual “Harvest Day” is Saturday, October 5, from 9:00 AM until noon. The public is invited to come out and see how the harvesting process works, and even get a chance to slip on waders and walk in the cranberry beds.