Michigan Cranberry Company started out as an idea, with some potential, in the mind of Wally Huggett back in 1980. In the middle of his sod fields, in the Thumb of Michigan, Wally first started experimenting with growing cranberries commercially. The peat base soil in that location had been farmed for many years and it proved to be too high Ph for viable cranberry growth. Still wanting to try his hand at cranberry farming, Wally searched throughout Michigan for the exact type of land in which to start a commercial cranberry farm.
An abandoned peat mining operation in Cheboygan County came to his attention. This location, being less than five miles from Lake Huron, supplied a good snow cover for winter frost protection on the vines. A high water table to provide a closed irrigation and flooding system, rich peat soil with a low ph and a good mix of sand, made this land ideal for constructing a cranberry marsh.