By Maureen McCollum | November 18, 2011


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It’s hard to imagine Thanksgiving without cranberries. Unless you’re like Nodji vanWychen — born and raised on a cranberry marsh. Nodji’s a 3rd generation cranberry grower. She and her family still own and run the marsh where she grew up, in Warrens, Wisconsin.

Nodji vanWychen and her husband own the Wetherby Cranberry Company in Warrens, Wisconsin. She’s the 3rd generation to work the marsh. WPR’s Maureen McCollum brought us her story.

Recipe: Cranberry Wine Relish


  • 16 oz. (4 cups) fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar>
  • 1 cup cranberry wine
  • >½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger>
  • 1 fresh orange, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 TBS grated orange zest
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts


Combine all ingredients except walnuts in a saucepan and stir well.  Cook over medium heat until cranberries pop open, about 10 minutes.  Remove from heat, skim the foam off the surface of the mixture and discard.  Stir in the chopped walnuts. 

Cool the mixture to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate.  Cranberry relish will keep for 3 months in the refrigerator, longer if frozen.

Maureen McCollum

Maureen McCollum

Maureen McCollum is the host and producer for “Wisconsin Life” on Wisconsin Public Radio and the “WPR Reports: Uprooted” podcast. Her work has appeared on NPR and has been honored with national and regional awards. She loves live music, the bluffs along the Mississippi River and eating too much cheese.
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