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Marsh tours educate people about Wisconsin's state fruit during Cranberry Fest weekend
TOMAHAWK - People at cranberry fest had the chance to see exactly where the fruit comes from.

Packed buses brought people to Lake Nokomis Cranberries.

Owner David Zawistowski gave a detailed tour of his marsh.

He explained that growing cranberries is a year-long process.

This time of year, he gets to enjoy the fruits of his labors.

"My favorite part of the job is harvest time," said Zawistowski. "Now we've started doing the tours on the farm, showing them the cranberry industry, showing them how they grow. They come out here and they think it's really neat."

A wine and snack tasting were included in the tour.

People sampled everything from jellies, sauces, and wine made with cranberries.

Zawistowski says the fruit doesn't just taste good, it has health benefits too.

"Cranberry has a natural acid in it that's only found in cranberries and blueberries. That acid is really beneficial," said Zawistowski. "It helps lower your cholesterol. Higher vitamin C than oranges, something we always forget about. There's a lot of other benefits to it too."

Wisconsin leads the nation in cranberry production.

Zawistowski says he'll harvest more than ten million pounds of cranberries in a good year.

Story By: Peter Dubois

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