Have you ever wanted to wade into a pool of floating cranberries?
You have the chance to try it during Wetherby Cranberry Company’s Cranberry Harvest Days.
This year’s event is Saturday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon, and Sunday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The popular hip boot experience ~ where you can borrow a pair of hip boots or chest waders to wade out into a flooded cranberry bed ~ is being offered both days.
Saturday’s program includes harvesting demonstrations with third- and fourth-generation owners of the marsh explaining how Wisconsin’s No. 1 fruit crop is grown.
On Sunday no harvesting will be happening, but you can still do the hip boot experience and view harvesting equipment on display.
The marsh’s on-farm store will be open both days. Fresh cranberries, dried cranberries, cranberry wine, cranberry cookbooks, cranberry scones and cranberry apple cider will be available.
Cost of the harvest tour is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 18, and free for children 5 and younger. An additional fee is charged for renting boots.
Be sure to bring a camera or smart phone and someone will take photos of you and your group.
The event is held rain or shine, so dress accordingly. Reservations are not required.
After your marsh tour, you’ll want to visit the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center in downtown Warrens.
Housed in a historic cranberry sorting warehouse, the Discovery Center features an interactive museum, old-fashioned ice cream parlor and the Cranberry Country Café offering a cranberry themed lunch.
DnA Vintners of La Crosse will be pouring samples of several of their award-winning cranberry wines at the Cranberry Discovery Center on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Owner Diana Hobson makes her wines using locally grown cranberries.