Cattail Harvesting in Macedon

Two types of cattail leaves are harvested in Wayne County. One type known as ‘Cooper’s Flag’ is used in the manufacturing of wooden barrels. The other type is ‘Rush’ and it is used for caning chairs. Rush was harvested on the south side of Macedon for many years by Ward Russell. His son, Stephen, still harvests flag and rush in the Savannah and Sodus areas. He processes and ships world-wide from his family farm.