Rutlin Cranberry Company originated in 1965 by Kenneth and Donald Rutlin.
The marsh was originally planted on 20 acres of land, with Searles Cranberry vines. The primary water source is the Lemonweir River. The marsh required diligent and efficient farming techniques to ensure plentiful crop production would be obtained in a timely manner. In the early years there was limited capital to invest into equipment, for that reason the majority of labor was provided by friends and relatives.
In the mid 1970s Kenneth decided to purchase the interest of Donald. At that time Kenneth was a full time carpenter, and he spent his evenings and weekends on the marsh.
In the late 1980s Kenneth’s son Kurt came to work on the marsh. In 1994 the decision was made for Kurt to buy the family marsh, so that he could expand the operation the way he could envision expansion. Since then Kurt and his family have expanded the marsh to 30 acres of High Yielding vine varieties.
The marsh has proudly been under contract with Ocean Spray Cranberries since its inception.
The Rutlin family’s next generation is actively engaged in cranberries, and intends on managing the farm in the future.
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