The official kick-off to the cranberry harvesting season was celebrated on Saturday, October 1st. People who participated in the all-day event were able to take a tour of a local cranberry marsh in the morning in order to see the ripe berries up close. A special treat for tour participants included demonstrations of the traditional hand raking method of harvesting which was used exclusively until more modern, machine-driven harvesting methods were developed.
After seeing the berries in their natural element, many visitors came to the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center to continue the festivities. With the 2011 Cranberry Queen and Princesses on-site, guests enjoyed our cranberry museum, where they learned all about the history of cranberries, and were treated to free samples of gourmet cranberry foods and wines. Families were able to create some cranberry crafts together and then children and adults alike treated themselves to one (or more!) of our famous cranberry bakery and ice cream shop treats.
Many of our Harvest Day guests also took advantage of our fabulous cranberry gift shop in order to get a head-start on their holiday shopping. After sampling the gourmet cranberry items we have to offer, no one wanted to walk out of the gift shop empty-handed! Hot holiday-gift-basket-ready items included our cranberry wines and salsas and our line of cranberry soaps and oils.
If you didn’t make it to this year’s Harvest Day, don’t worry – we’ll do it again next year and you can see some pictures of the event on our Facebook page. In the meantime, you can stop in for a visit seven days a week between 9 am – 5 pm and you can shop our online store 24/7!