MANITOWOC, WI—Cranberries will likely take their place on thousands of Wisconsin Thanksgiving tables in a few weeks. In advance of that, Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center and the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association will host an educational Cranberry Day feature at Farm Wisconsin November 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wisconsin is the nation’s leading producer of cranberries, harvesting more than 60 percent of the country’s crop. As the state’s official fruit, cranberries bring more economic value to Wisconsin than any other fruit grown in the state.
“Cranberries are native to North America and are a nutrient rich superfood,” explains Isaac Zarecki of the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association. “Wisconsin cranberry growers are proud to lead the world in cranberry production—and pleased to partner with Farm Wisconsin on this promotion.”
Farm Wisconsin guests can learn about cranberry agriculture in-depth and take part in cranberry related activities. Guests will learn about the unique bouncing-property of cranberries, how cranberries float in water, why cranberry juice is red, and more. All additional attractions and activities will be included in the regular admission fees.
“With the cranberry’s importance to Wisconsin agriculture, we want to feature activities that both educate and create a fun experience,” says Patty Lehn, Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center’s executive director. “We appreciate Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association’s help to bring cranberry education to Farm Wisconsin.”
Farm Wisconsin is open weekly Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission rates range from $8 for youth 18 and younger to $16 for adults. Family memberships provide free admission for a year, as well as other benefits, and cost $80.
Farm Wisconsin observes mask and social distancing requirements for employees and guests, and makes hand sanitizer widely available throughout the facility. Additional sanitation practices are also in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The 29,000 square foot facility creates natural distancing, but Farm Wisconsin also utilizes an open plenum HVAC system and economizers to circulate fresh air.
About Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center
The Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center is a state-of-the-art, interactive agricultural education center located in Manitowoc County. Farm Wisconsin connects visitors’ curiosity to the wonder of Wisconsin farming and provides guests with a better understanding of their food sources and their importance. The center features 10,000 square feet of hands-on learning opportunities, and a birthing barn where visitors may watch calves being born daily. The center was named to Time for Kids’ World’s 50 Coolest Places of 2019.