There's only one cranberry farm in Minnesota, and it's run by a 21-year-old woman and her brother
For this second-generation farmer, harvest is a beautiful season - and a big responsibility
November 17, 2023
Harvest season at Minnesota Cranberry Co., near Aitkin, looks like a crimson-colored carpet spread over a pond. The tiny floating berries, corralled in the corner of a flooded bog, are nearly a foot deep - practically begging to be scooped up, swirled, or dived into.
It's nature's version of a ball pit. Or a chic Instagram backdrop.
But for Shannon Forster and her family, cranberry harvest is a job that doubles as a CrossFit-grade workout.
Forster and her uncle, wearing waders in knee-deep water, pull on each end of a long, floating boom that encircles a load of cranberries. Though each berry weighs hardly anything, dragging thousands of them across the bog requires plenty of strength.