Last weekend, I took a trip up to the Chicago area to meet up with my best friend Skye, so we could drive to Wisconsin the next morning for a cranberry festival. Because, why not, right? Standing in a cranberry bog( like they do on the Ocean Spray commercials ) was on my dearest friend's bucket list, and the more she talked about it, the more I wanted to do it too. So there we were, at 5:45am, starting our journey to cranberry country with Starbucks in hand, making our way to a town called Warrens in Wisconsin.
Driving through that area of Wisconsin was so beautiful. It was in full blown Fall mode, with the maroons, oranges, and dark greens everywhere in the heavy forested areas we were driving through to get to the farm. After we made our way down some very winding roads, we made it to the Wetherby cranberry farm and instantly started getting excited for our trip to see...the cranberries!
We paid five dollars to ride down in a school bus to where all the cranberry harvesting was going down. We giggled and squeaked in excitement as we soon came to the realization, that yes, we would be soon standing in a cranberry bog.
Our tour guide, who was part of the third generation of cranberry farmers at the Wetherby cranberry company, explained to us how they harvested the cranberries and how they extract them from the vines they grow on. The above picture shows how they somewhat corral the berries once they are popped from their vines. It was pretty impressive learning that the cranberry company had been around since 1903, and it was almost entirely still ran by the family.
Mandatory blogger shoe picture.
Finally, after standing in a long line which seemed like it took forever, we got our high welly boots on and traipsed on in! I mean, just look at the sheer JOY on our faces! We had so much fun taking pictures, snapchats, and just taking in the beautiful scenery around us. It was such a cool experience!
Where you at Ocean Spray? I'm ready for my close up.
After we piled back on to the school bus to make it back to the sorting facility, we got hot cranberry cider, and bought some fresh cranberries( which I'm totally gonna use for cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving ), and some cranberry wine as well. And I am happy to report that the wine is verrrry good, but WILL be mixed with something, because holy crap, tartness! They also had cranberry cakes and pies for sale in the facility, as well as cool cranberry cookbooks!
All in all, a wonderful trip to do a crazy activity with one of my bestest lady pals was just what I needed to clear my head and get me super excited for the Fall. The drive back was also very inspiring, what with all the rolling hills and beautiful colors. Wisconsin is pretty freaking epic, guys.
This trip was so fun, and just in time because the holidays are soon coming and I know it will get kinda crazy trying to figure out another visit with my friend amidst all the family activities. And I was super lucky to find someone last minute to watch Link, so that I could go have a little adventure and have much needed girl time.
If you ever decide you want to go to the Wetherby farm to experience the cranberry overload, they only have the farm open to the public the first Saturday in October for a few hours for their harvest day. So, next year, go on up to Warrens Wisconsin, if you are as cranberry obsessed as we are.
And Happy Fall y'all! :)