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Farm to Fork: Exploring Wisconsin wine with local berries

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WAUSAU, Wis., (WSAW)-- Wisconsin is known for diary, ginseng and beer but it's also home to more than 100 wineries. Which also makes it the produce of the week in Monday's Farm to Fork.

Farm to Fork: Exploring Wisconsin wine with local berries

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To talk about what it takes to make wine, Gerrid Franke of Half Moon Farm & Winery stopped by Sunrise 7.

Half Moon Farm & Winery is located about 20 minutes northwest of Wausau. The Frankes use a variety of fruit in the wine which include, blueberries, raspberries and grapes. However, even “cold-hardy” grapes doesn't necessarily mean “Wisconsin-proof”. The grapes struggled, so the pair started looking at other options for Wisconsin-based wines. Meads and Hard Ciders were a natural fit. Mead is an alcoholic drink of fermented honey and water.

Overall, Gerrid says that berry growing in Wisconsin is quite simple, you just have to make sure to choose the right variety. The most important when it comes to blueberries is to choose the zone correctly.

In years to follow, keeping the gardens clear of weeds is vital. Some berries, like grapes and blackberries, need to be trellised and pruned aggressively. Many farmers are now also trellising their apple orchards to make care and harvesting easier.

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