Cranberries in Wisconsin are harvested, or picked and made available from October through December.
About Wisconsin Cranberries
Cranberries are currently grown in 25% of Wisconsin’s counties. The counties with the largest cranberry farms are Wood, Monroe, and Jackson counties.
The Fall is the best (and only) time to get fresh, local grown cranberries. After that you can find cranberry sauces, juice, dried berries, and many more cranberry products at the supermarket.
The fresh ones you find in bags at the store are picked dry, right off the plant.
The cranberries that are to be frozen, dried or made into juice or other products, are wet harvested, meaning the cranberry plants are flooded first like you see in commercials, with those farmers standing knee deep in a sea of cranberries. Once the plants are flooded it’s easier to gather them up and ship them.
If you’d like to stop by a cranberry farm in Wisconsin for a tour then check out some of these fun places:
Hope this helps.