Friday, September 19, 2014

Cranberries are Huge for Wisconsin! Learn About it Sept. 24th

For Immediate Release
Contact: Patti Podgers

The Heritage Village at Big Creek Presents:
Cranberries…Wisconsin’s Official Fruit

As summer turns to fall, and November’s chill winds swirl around the corner, visions of the traditional Thanksgiving feast include that once a year treat: cranberry sauce. On Sunday, September 28, Ron Amos, owner of Evergreen Nursery, will explain the history—past and present-- of cranberries in Wisconsin. The program will be held in the Collins Learning Center beginning at 2 p.m.

“Cranberries are actually one of only three native fruits in North America, the other two being blueberries and concord grapes. Although we don’t grow cranberries in Door County, our soil is not acidic enough to sustain them, we do start plants in our greenhouses.

Over the years, cranberries have enjoyed a year round popularity and their production has increased,” Ron explained. “Cranberries are a fun crop. What we do at the nursery is grow the high-yielding hybrid cranberry plants that are then planted in the most productive growing areas in our state.”

 In 2012, Barry Adams of the Wisconsin State Journal reported, “According to a study by UW-Madison, cranberries are grown on 21,000 acres scattered across 20 counties in central and northern Wisconsin that support 3,400 jobs. The economic impact is estimated at $300 million.”

The Heritage Village at Big Creek is open daily from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. until October 5. Located at 2041 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, at the intersection of Highway 42/57 and County Highway TT, parking is available on-site.   For additional information visit  or contact Dan Olson at 920.421.2332.  Please “Like” us on the Heritage Village at Big Creek Facebook page and check out the “Events” calendar on the webpage. Admission to the Village is free, but as this is a donor-sponsored facility, donations are greatly appreciated and welcomed.  Group tours are welcome by reservation for a nominal fee.

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