The Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center, in partnership with the Wisconsin Cranberry Growers Association, welcomes visitors to participate in this year’s Cranberry Jamboree Friday, September 17 and Saturday, September 18. This two-day event will celebrate Wisconsin’s state fruit and offer hands-on opportunities to learn why Wisconsin is the nation’s leading producer of cranberries.
Family-friendly activities will run from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday at the Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center. Guests will investigate how cranberries are grown, why they float in water, and what gives cranberries their unique bouncing property.
The Cranberry Jamboree will be highlighted by the chance to wade into a replica cranberry bog. The bog will simulate a true cranberry marsh and offer attendees the chance to connect hands-on with Wisconsin agriculture. In addition, guests will learn more about cranberries through various STEM activities and product sampling. Ruby, the official cranberry mascot, will also be in attendance.
To complete the Farm to Table experience, guests will be able to purchase cranberry themed dishes made in the Wisconsin Café. All activities are included with paid admission to Farm Wisconsin, excluding the Wisconsin Café.
“We are thrilled to mark the start of cranberry harvest season here in Wisconsin with a celebration dedicated solely to our state’s number one fruit crop,” shares Abigail Martin, Farm Wisconsin program manager. “Partnering with the Wisconsin Cranberry Growers Association will offer our guests the unique opportunity to learn directly from cranberry experts.”
Not only does Wisconsin account for the majority of cranberries produced in the United States, but also for more than half of the global supply. Producing more than 4.6 million barrels of cranberries in 2020, Wisconsin cranberries bring nearly a billion dollars to the state’s economy every year.