Berry Bog Blog

This past weekend, I went to a cranberry bog in Wisconsin. Wisconsin is the #1 cranberry grower in the USA. Massachusetts was #1 for a while, but they didn’t have the space to expand. Wisconsin had the space to expand, though. Oregon is a big grower, too. The coolest thing was that I got to put on hip boots and stand in the bog like the Ocean Spray guys!

In the picture, the berries aren’t as red as the ones you see in the Ocean Spray commercials because of the weather. The bog owners said they were a week or so behind because the weather was too mild. The berries turn red in colder weather.

Kendyl in a cranberry bog

cranberries on the vine

Cranberries are hidden under the vines until you add water. Then they float.

Some other cranberry facts are:

  • You need special dirt and sand to grow cranberries.
  • Cranberries don’t grow on water. They grow in the ground and farmers flood the areas to harvest the berries.
  • Cranberries don’t have seeds. In order to plant them, you need a cranberry vineclipping.
  • The berries have four air cells, so they float when put in/on water.
  • If you take care of them, cranberry vines can bear fruit for almost 100 years!
  • If you plant cranberries, you won’t see any (good) berries for about 3-5 years.
  • You can dip cranberries in melted caramel or chocolate and stick them into little pumpkins via toothpicks. It’s a great party treat.
harrowing the cranberries

This machine knocks the berries off of the vine so that they float to the top of the water to be harvested.

We also went to the Cranberry Discovery Center in Warrens and got to try different cranberry creations like cranberry salsa and cranberry ice cream. The salsa was okay but I’m not a big salsa person. I did, however, like the cranberry chocolate swirl dip, especially on pretzel sticks. My favorite, though, was the chocolate-covered cranberry caramel swirl ice cream! Yummy! Yummy! 🙂

 

5 thoughts on “Berry Bog Blog

  1. Kendyl,
    Loved sharing your experience at the bog. I am marking my calendar and hopefully will get to take my grandsons, Peyton and Aaron next year. Cannot wait to see your blog for Halloween and to see your costume, keep up the great work!

    Marla

  2. Kendyl. I also have an outlet to write my articles, it’s called Christy’s Corner. I think it’s a great way to share your information with the world. I lived in Waukegan for most of my life. I didn’t realize there was a place so close where they grow cranberries. I didn’t even know about a cranberry bog until the commercials as well. I think it’s awesome that your parents take you to these exciting places. Keep writing about it. I find it very interesting.

    Chris

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