Cranberry Harvest Celebration

Hubby and I made it to the cranberry festival last weekend! Columbus Day weekend was the Cranberry Harvest Celebration.

Hubby and I learned all about how cranberries are harvested. We learned that wet harvest berries are when they flood the bogs like in the pictures here. These berries are used in the majority of cranberries sold in cans and sauces.

Dry harvest berries are picked off the stem with a machine as opposed to flooding the bog. This is a more labor intensive process and results in a higher quality berry. These are the bags of fresh berries you see at the store.

We had a beautiful crisp fall day to enjoy our time outside. They had tons of activities for children, lots of fair food, pumpkin painting, helicopter and pony rides, and of course the bog tours.

Hubby and I eat had a Boars Head bratwurst. I joked about getting a fried Oreo, but decided that wouldn’t be the best decision. After the bog tour, we split a stuffed Quahog and a small bag of kettle corn while walking back to our car.

While on the bog tour, we even got to try some berries as they came straight off the machinery! They were very tart but still delicious.

Of course, I had to get a bag of freshly harvested cranberries to take home with me.

If you haven’t made it out to a cranberry celebration, I would highly recommend it. Columbus Day weekend is when the festivities seem to happen each year.

Don’t forget about my Power of Pink Challenge – make something PINK by the end of the month to raise Breast Cancer Awareness!

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7 Responses to “Cranberry Harvest Celebration”

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    Daisy — October 15, 2010 at 1:23 am

    how fun is this! I’ve never been to an “official” festival, however we used to watch the harvest, there are about 5 bogs in my hometown (Yarmouth!) Then in the winter when the bogs freeze we ice skate on them.

    I love your pictures!

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    Carly — October 15, 2010 at 2:35 am

    That looks so fun! I love driving past the bogs in the summer on the Cape and have always dreamed about diving in and taking a few home.

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    Megan — October 15, 2010 at 2:42 am

    I really wanted to go to this! But I was on the Cape for the weekend, and once you go over that bridge, you don’t really want to come back until the weekend is over. Sigh. It looks like it was so much fun though, and you got beautiful pictures!

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    Lauren — October 15, 2010 at 10:20 am

    What a fun event to attend! I should go sometime given our proximity to the bogs :).

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — October 15, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    I read about this and your re-cap definitely makes me want to go next year. Your photos look beautiful! BTW, I’m loving the new lens! 🙂

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    Kerstin — October 22, 2010 at 4:10 am

    This looks so fun, I would love to go next year!

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    Marcel — October 23, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    damn. i want to hang out in a cranberry bog!

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