Cranberries: From the Marsh to the Table
Cranberries are a Thanksgiving feast tradition, but these tangy ruby gems can be enjoyed all year long! And here's some information on how they get to us:
- Wisconsin is known as the nation's largest cranberry producer. In the cranberry marsh, the berries grow on low-running vines. The marshes are flooded and most berries are collected by water reeling, where the water is stirred up in the marsh, causing them to be separated from their vines and float. Then they're gathered up and used for juices, sauces and other cranberry products.
- Cranberries harvested strictly as fresh fruit are wet-raked then plucked from the vine. They're lifted into bins then sorted for the best color, size, and quality for bagging and shipping to our markets so that we can include them in our favorite meals in every season of the year!