A Discover Wisconsin TV film crew will be at this year’s Warrens Cranberry Blossom Day on Saturday, June 24, and event organizers are seeking “extras” willing to be filmed taking the cranberry marsh tour.
“Discover Wisconsin will be at our marsh at 9 a.m. to film, so we’re hoping to have a big crowd right away in the morning,” said Nodji Van Wychen, a third-generation cranberry grower and co-owner of Wetherby Cranberry Company, one of the hosts of Cranberry Blossom Day.
Also sponsoring Cranberry Blossom Day are the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center, DnA Vintners, Moseley Roadside Market and the Warrens Area Business Association.
Discover Wisconsin was launched in 1986 to showcase Wisconsin’s many great vacation treasures. The Emmy Award-winning show is broadcast weekly to audiences throughout the Midwest. Additionally, through the advent of satellite broadcasting, the program is regularly viewed on cable stations all around the United States.
Wetherby Cranberry Company is offering free walking tours from 9 to 10 a.m., allowing visitors an up-close look at cranberry vines in bloom. Van Wychen will answer questions about how cranberries are grown and harvested, along with explaining how the cranberry got its name.
At 10 a.m., there will be cranberry and honey recipe demonstrations in the marsh’s fruit packing warehouse by 2017 Warrens Cranberry Festival Royalty Mackenzie Myers, Lindsay Murdock and Stevie Peterson.
Following the recipe demonstrations, Van Wychen will lead tours of her family’s cranberry warehouse, where they sort and package fresh cranberries which are sold in upscale grocery stores in the Twin Cities and other Midwestern markets.
After touring the marsh, visitors can learn more about Wisconsin’s No.1 fruit crop at the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center. Housed in a historic cranberry warehouse in downtown Warrens, the nonprofit center is dedicated to educating the public about the state’s cranberry growing heritage.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Cranberry Discovery Center will be offering lunch featuring locally made cranberry brats and cranberry sliders. At the center’s old-fashioned soda fountain – which came from Steele’s Drug Store in Tomah – visitors can enjoy five flavors of cranberry ice cream made exclusively for the Cranberry Discovery Center.
Also at the Cranberry Discovery Center, DnA Vintners of La Crosse will be offering samples of their award-winning cranberry wines. Owner Diana Hobson has won various awards for her Frost Watch Red, Sweet Paradise, Chocolate Paradise and Frost Watch Orange cranberry wines. Her newest wine is Cran Rhuby, a cranberry rhubarb wine.
“We will also be sampling many of our gourmet cranberry food products and offering a $2 admission on museum tours all day,” said Kelly Murray, Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center executive director.
The weekend of Cranberry Blossom Day, the Cranberry Discovery Center will also debut the Clinton and Ellen Potter cranberry glass collection. The couple’s entire collection of more than 1,000 pieces of cranberry glass has been donated by the Potters’ children to be sold in the center’s gift shop to help ensure the future of the museum and its mission to educate visitors about Wisconsin’s cranberry growing heritage. The collection contains rare and historical pieces that will also be added to the center’s exhibit hall.
New this year at Cranberry Blossom Day, Moseley Roadside Market will be offering walking tours of their fruit and vegetable farm from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be displays of new labor-saving farm equipment the family recently purchased, drip irrigation system, solar panels and cover crops. They will also have locally produced maple syrup and honey for sale.
For a flyer with a map showing the locations of all the event participants, click here.
For more information, call the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center at (608) 378-4878.