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Wisconsin is berry good at growing cranberries

Wisconsin leads the nation in cranberry production and locals benefit.

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Wisconsin farmers produce 60% of the nation’s cranberries. | Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and if there’s turkey on the plate there’s, undoubtedly, cranberry sauce right alongside it. Chances are, those cranberries came from just up the road.

Wisconsin, according to the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association (WSCGA), produces more than 60% of the nation’s supply of cranberries, the most of any state in the US. The WSCGA, founded in 1887, is headquartered in Wisconsin Rapids and supports our state’s cranberry growers.

Not to get too bogged down with information, here are a handful of cranberry facts:

  • More than half the entire world’s supply of cranberries is grown by Wisconsin family farms.
  • Wisconsin cranberries generate $1 billion in annual revenue for the state.
  • The cranberry is Wisconsin’s state fruit.
  • Cranberries are among the highest of all fruits in antioxidants.

Eager to try cooking with them for the holidays? Some ideas.

Locally, find cranberry products at places like Fromagination, Metcalfe’s, and Willy Street Co-Op.

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