Cranberries are the tart red berries, often recommended as a healthy food and fruit juice. Wisconsin produces much of the nation’s cranberry crop. The first cranberry marshes in Wisconsin date back to the 1830’s, which is even before Wisconsin was made a state.
Cranberries are unique for the role they play in holiday traditions and healthy way of life. Native Americans used cranberries to make nutritious pemmican long before the Pilgrims arrived. Native American Indians believed in the medicinal qualities of cranberries. Cranberries were used as a poultice to draw poison from wounds, served as a natural dye, and was even a symbol of peace.
Cranberries are the official state fruit of Wisconsin. The bill to make the cranberry the state fruit of Wisconsin was signed in 2004. The cranberry is the number one fruit crop in Wisconsin. The Cranberry industry provides about 7,200 jobs and contributes around $330 million per year to Wisconsin’s economy.
Cranberries are harvested on approximately 16,000 acres of cranberry marshes. About 180,000 acres of support lands, including wetlands, forest and reservoirs are preserved to harvest cranberries. Growers are protecting nearly 10 acres for every acres used. Cranberry marshes are the habitat of various types of wildlife, including blue heron, trumpeter swans, sand hill cranes, fox deer, geese, wolves, bears, eagles, osprey, loons,ducks and reptiles.
Cranberries have been found by medical research to have health benefits, including benefits to urinary tract health and bladder infection preventions. Cranberries contain high levels of compounds, including anti-oxidants.
Fall is a terrific time to take a color drive into the Wisconsin countryside, to see the spectacular show of fall colors. The cranberry festivals are a terrific destination with the colorful cranberry theme. Drive to one of the Cranberry festival in Wisconsin for a great getaway.
Cranberry festivals are centered around the cranberry. Sales of cranberry food, wine and craisins are popular items at cranberry festivals.
Here are cranberry festivals this fall in Wisconsin
Warrens Cranberry Festival
The 35th annual cranberry festival bills itself as the World’s Largest Cranberry Festival. The festival attracts more that 100,000 people every year. More than 1250 booths of souvenirs craft items from local vendors. celebrate the official State fruit of Wisconsin. The weekend event features good fun, contests, and more. On Friday and Saturday Cranberry marsh tours will be offered for $6 per person. Guest ride buses to the area cranberry marshes to learn about the cranberry industry. The 2007 Warren’s Cranberry Festival Parade is on Sunday at 12:30 pm.
September 29, 2007
Manitowish Waters Wisconsin
Festival feature cranberry harvest marsh tours at the markets on Little Trout Lake. There will be airplane rides, pontoon rides, crafts sales and more.
October 6, 2007
Stone Lake Cranberry Festival
There will be artisans, crafter, and food vendors. Celebration of cranberries attracts over 30,000 guests. Cranberry marshes will be ready to show. Cranberry marsh tours will departs every 30 minutes beneath the water tower. At 1 pm the parade will take place.
Eagle River, WI
Cranberry Fest is a two day event that attracts over 40,000 people. The festival offers arts and crafts, cranberry food items, bakers , fun, entertainment and more.
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