Wisconsin Cranberry Fun Facts

How are cranberries grown?  

Myth: Cranberries grow in water. 
Fact: Cranberries are actually grown on sandy vines in bogs and marshes. The cranberry bog is flooded with water when the cranberries are ready to be harvested and the cranberries float to the top. The vines blossom late June – early July and the cranberries mature in the fall when they are harvested in late September – October.  

Where are cranberries grown In Wisconsin?  

Cranberries are harvested on 21,000 acres across 20 counties in Wisconsin. The sand and peat marshes in central and northern Wisconsin create the perfect growing conditions for cranberries. The cranberry industry started in central Wisconsin just west of Wisconsin Rapids and later grew into the Black River Falls, Warrens and Tomah areas, followed by cranberry farms in northern Wisconsin, primarily around Manitowish Waters, Eagle River, Spooner and Hayward. 

Did you know… 

  • Cranberry history in Wisconsin goes back for many years, but in 2004 the cranberry was declared Wisconsin’s official state fruit.  Wisconsin is the nation’s leading producer of cranberries with over 60% of the nation’s crop is grown here in Wisconsin.  
  • Only 5% of cranberries are sold as fresh fruit. The remainder is made into cranberry products such as sauce, juice, dried fruit and other food. Cranberries are used as ingredients in over 1,000 food and beverage products.  
  • Cranberries are packed with antioxidants and because they’re fat free, cholesterol free, and low in sodium they help maintain a healthy heart.  

We’re proud of Wisconsin’s agriculture and the place we call home. Rural Mutual is Wisconsin’s number one farm insurer and since we only do business in Wisconsin, we know Wisconsin agriculture. With local agents throughout the state, we know what makes your community unique. Reach out to your local agent to learn more about how to protect your cranberry operation.