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Cranberry U-Pick Orchards in Central Wisconsin in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for cranberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have cranberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

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Wood County

  • Reinke's on Down On The Farm - cranberries, pumpkins, winter squash, produce for sale, parking provide free, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, petting zoo, farm animals, events at your location (call for info)
    1011 48th Street So., Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494. Phone: 715-423-7663. Email: Open: September 20th through October 31st; Tuesday through Sunday 10 am to Dusk; Closed Mondays. Directions: Centrally located between highway 54 and County highway W in Wisconsin Rapids. From Wisconsin Rapids, take highway 54 East to 48th Street, turn right, 1.5 miles on Left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Crops are usually available in September, October. We offer a nature walk, Boot Hill, Special weekend activities, Charity Food tents, Cabin in The Woods, Craft barns, Yard art, Cranberry products fresh and packaged, Specialty gourds and squash, Haybales, Corn Stalk bundles, Rainbow corn, Custom made scarecrows, Soaps, lotions, Candles, Knitting and more. We are a 1940's farm with real farm animals, antique farm machinery. There is no admission or parking charge.


Cranberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Cranberries are grown in fields called "bogs" because one common method of harvesting them is to flood the bog, then mechanic shakers loosen the berries from the plants.  The berries naturally float since they have an air chamber inside them! Then the floating berries are corralled or raked into a net or boat.

But... if you go to pick them, it will usually be in a dry field and you pick them off the plant!  The plans are low growing, less than 12 inches tall, so this isn't something for people with back probems!

Cranberry Growing Facts

The American cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) or lowbush cranberry is a fairly small plant. It's more like a scraggly vine that can grow along the ground for up to 6 ft and less than a foot tall. In the Spring, the vines send out runners with flowers than become the cranberries. While you may think of them as growing in a  swamp or bog, they are actually grown in a normal field, which surrounded by earthen walls, is only flooded briefly during harvest time in the Fall.

Since cranberries float due to an air pocket inside them. commercial farms flood the fields (called bogs)  then use water reels called "egg-beaters" to loosen the cranberries from the vines, freeing them to float to the surface of the water. They then use floating booms to corral the berries and draw them to a corner where they can rake them in.

Choosing good cranberries

Good cranberries float!  Mushy ones usually sink!

Pour them in to a large bowl of cold water, and swirl them around, scoop them out with your fingers, feeling for any mushy berries, as you scoop.  Discard any mushy, soft berries. The picture of the 4 berries shows you unripe through ripe.  I'd throw out the one on the far left, but use the other 3.

Good cranberries are firm, not mushy and dark red.  Firm and pale red are okay and usable just not ideal.

More Tips

  • Don't wash cranberries until just before using to prevent spoilage.
  • Keep cranberries cool after picking to increase shelf life.  The fruit/vegetable drawer of a refrigerator is perfect.
  • Cranberries are ranked No. 1 in antioxidant activity and high in vitamin C compared with 40 other commercially available fruits and vegetables. That means a serving of cranberries has more of the antioxidant power you need to fight aging, cancer and heart disease.

Cranberry Recipes

Yes, you can "can" them or freeze them for later use, or use them fresh, see below!


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