MANITOWISH WATERS - Manitowish Waters would certainly look different today without its cranberry marshes.
The nearly 600 acres of fields have been around for decades, so it's a good thing that we eat cranberries more than just at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
That's kept a lot of the marshes in Vilas County going since 1946.
Back then, five families moved up to the Northwoods and bought some property near Little Trout Lake.
They helped each other get started and often shared equipment.
Those pioneers helped shape Manitowish Waters.
"A lot of the infrastructure things weren't here, so the road, the clearing for the powerlines, etc.," said Vilas Cranberry Company co-owner Bob Winter. "They did a lot of that stuff."
The marshes haven't just helped develop the south end of Manitowish Waters.
The seasonal jobs have helped support the community too.
"We spend our money locally, at the local hardware store, local restaurants, etc. trying to help in the community in any way we can," said Winter.
Vilas Cranberry sits on 182 acres.
Winter thinks his farm will produce between four-and-a-half and five millions pounds this season.
|Story By: Anthony DaBruzzi