Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Cranberry Harvest Celebration

On Sunday I did something I've been wanting to do for several years. . . something on my "New England bucket list" and something I can easily see becoming a new yearly tradition!

I went to the 11th Annual Cranberry Harvest Celebration in Wareham aka cranberry country!  Massachusetts is the 2nd biggest producer of cranberries with over 14,000 acres of working cranberry bogs.  Cranberries are native to North American and are harvested in mid-September to October each year.  

I went to the festival with my good friend Joana and her son Cater.  We had no idea how big this event was and figured we would spend a couple of hours checking it out and then head home.  Well we ended up spending most of the day there and still didn't do everything.  This festival is jam packed with fun stuff to see, do and eat!  Carter had a blast with all of the kid activities.

It was really interesting to see how they harvest the cranberries.  This is a wet harvest where they flood the bogs so the cranberries will rise to the top.  They were in the process of corralling them and picking out all the leaves and stems.

This bog was in a different stage and the guys were riding around on those machines to get the cranberries off the vines (so they will rise to the top of the water).

They had this "sand mountain" for the kids to climb on and it was a popular spot!  I guess they use sand in the bogs so that is why they have so much.  Seriously the best free entertainment for kids I've seen in a long time.  Carter loved it and played for a long time!!  Oh and it was much bigger than it looks in this photo!  Carter had about a pound of sand in his shoes afterwards.

Another thing I really liked about this event is that it was only $10 to get in (and kids 6 and under were free) and once you were inside everything was free except food.  Carter got to do a pony ride, train ride and other fun stuff without additional costs.  Score!

It was a beautiful fall day and I'm so glad I finally got to see a cranberry harvest.  This was such a fun day and I'm so glad we made the trek down to Wareham for it.  We didn't even get to cover the whole event - we totally skipped one food area and also the crafters area.  So if I go back next year I would love to check that out!


  1. That looks really fun. I haven't seen a cranberry bog before. I think there's one at Patriot Place, which isn't too far from us. We should check it out. My kids would have LOVED that mountain of sand.

  2. This looks so cool! I love the pictures of the cranberry bog, so neat with the reds and blues.

  3. I love seeing the cranberries at harvest time. We use to ride 4 wheelers around the bogs in Hanson. It really is a site to see. Glad you had fun!