cranberry bogs

An Oct. 6, 1999 Landsat image of commercial cranberry beds on the northern shore of Little Trout Lake in north-central Wisconsin. Image courtesy University of Wisconsin-Madison Space Science and Engineering Center and WisconsinView

Nov 27, 2014 • Whether it’s cranberry relish, cranberry fluff, cranberry sauce, cranberry salad, or cranberry salsa you’ll be enjoying today, it’s fun to see where cranberries grow. A series of commercial cranberry beds can be seen on this Oct. 6, 1999 Landsat 7 image.

As described by WisconsinView:
Little Trout Lake and Ike Walton Lake (on the edge of this image) are surrounded by Powell Marsh, a vast non-forested peatland wetland complex. Linear patterns within Powell Marsh are primarily caused by old drainage ditches, and indicate the complex hydrology of this wetland. Extensive commercial cranberry beds are located on the northern shore of Little Trout Lake. Cranberries are harvested in the early autumn, typically by flooding the beds in which they are grown and causing the bright red berries to float to the surface.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Further Reading:
+ Wisconsin Landsat Satellite Imagery via WisconsinView
+ The Thanksgiving Recipes Googled in Every State, The New York Times