You’ve Never Seen A Wisconsin Cranberry Harvest Like This Before
Wisconsin may be the Dairy State and most famous for our cows and cheese, but we probably should be known as the Cranberry State.
Folks think of Massachusetts and other states out east when they think of cranberries, but it’s actually a billion dollar industry in Wisconsin, where we produce more than 60% of the cranberries grown in the United States. The US produces nearly three-quarters of all the cranberries in the world, meaning Wisconsin’s harvest is pretty darn important.
First called crane-berries because their flower resembles a sandhill crane, cranberries have been an important part of the North American diet since the earliest Native Americans lived here. They’re harvested in the fall, so you can understand how they became such an integral part of our autumn meals.
The cranberry is perennial, but susceptible to weather conditions, so the bogs are actually flooded again after the harvest to put a frozen layer over the vines to help protect them through the winter.
Who knew cranberries were such an important part of Wisconsin’s history and industry?
Have you ever visited a cranberry farm? Or maybe taken part in Warrens’ Cranberry Festival every fall?