Cranberry farming runs deep in The Gilmore Family heritage. Sue is not only a descendant of the A.D. Makepeace family, one of the founding families of Ocean Spray, but she also owns and operates Gilmore Cranberry Company, which she established in 1979 with her beloved late husband Ben Gilmore, a second generation grower. Her daughters, Alison and Abbie, grew up helping to care for the farm. They cherish early childhood memories of frost nights with their father and tasting the crisp cranberries on the farm during each harvest.
Today, Sue’s five grandchildren comprise the family's seventh generation of cranberry farmers and will become the new stewards of the farm. “As a family, we try to produce the best fruit possible, from the blossoms to growing it in the summer, to seeing the fruits of your labor during the harvest,” shared Sue. “It’s a livelihood and a lifestyle that we grew up with and there’s nothing else we’d rather be doing.”