The days are getting shorter and cooler making one to begin to think of the holidays. Would you believe Thanksgiving is only 8 weeks away? When I think of Thanksgiving, I can’t help but think of the Thanksgiving meal with turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing and cranberries!
For those of you who would like to learn more about cranberries, the cranberry industry and be able to purchase some fresh cranberries, the Wetherby Cranberry Company of Warrens, Wisconsin has a Public Harvest Day the first Saturday in October each year from 9:00 am to 12 noon. This year it will take place on Saturday, October 2. The Public Harvest Day is free to all who attend and no reservations are needed.
The Wetherby Cranberry Company is a family owned and operated cranberry marsh. Wetherby Cranberry Company has been in business for over 100 years and specializes in high quality fresh fruit. The marsh is operated by Jim and Nodji VanWychen together with son Henry and son-in-law Michael Gnewikow.
The Van Wychen’s guarantee that visitors will be able to see cranberries being harvested whether there is rain, shine or snow (they have harvested in them all). They set aside several beds each year for this occasion and try to show several different stages of harvesting taking place. Visitors will be able to take pictures and videos of cranberries being harvested and have all your cranberry questions answered. Family members of the Wetherby Cranberry Company will be your personal guides to explain what you are seeing and answer all other questions you have. The packaging warehouse will be open and fresh cranberries will be available to be purchased. It a great way to see the harvest first hand. From young children through senior citizens, all will enjoy the sights of the “sea of red” being harvested. You also may be able to put on a pair of hip boots and step out into the sea of red cranberries for a picture of you “harvesting” cranberries.
For more information and directions to the marsh or to order fresh cranberries if you are unable to make the Public Harvest day visit www.freshcranberries.com.