Cranberry Blossom Day is Saturday, June 29. The free walking tour of the Wetherby Cranberry Company marsh begins at 9 a.m.
Along with giving visitors a chance to see cranberry blossoms up close, third-generation cranberry grower Nodji Van Wychen will explain how cranberries are grown and harvested, as well as sharing the story of how the cranberry got its name.
At 10 a.m. the program will move to the Van Wychens’ warehouse, where Warrens Cranberry Festival Queen Cassandra Carlson, along with Princesses Kendall Murdock and Sierra Steele, will demonstrate recipes featuring cranberries and honey.
Following the program at the marsh, participants are invited to stop at the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center in downtown Warrens.
The Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center reopened June 1 under new ownership. Brian and Stephanie Knoepker, along with Jim and Nodji VanWychen, now own the building and operate the gift shop and ice cream parlor. Cranberry Museum Inc., affiliated with the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association, is leasing the downstairs housing the museum exhibits.
On Cranberry Blossom Day, the Cranberry Discovery Center will offer samples of gourmet cranberry foods products available in the gift shop. Diana Hobson of DnA Vintners will also be pouring samples of her award-winning cranberry wines.
Visitors can also enjoy cranberry ice cream made exclusively for the Cranberry Discovery Center. They are currently featuring Cranberry Supreme, Cranberry Cheesecake, Cranberry Pistachio with White Chocolate, and Cranberry Orange Dreamsicle, as well as vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and Blue Moon.
Summer hours at the Discovery Center are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For more information about Cranberry Blossom Day call (608) 378-4878.