Five Cranberry Bogs You Can Tour in Massachusetts

Head south toward the Cape to learn how farmers harvest our official state berry: the cranberry.

cranberry bog

Cranberry Bog photo via Shutterstock

Sure, apples and pumpkins are the go-to pick-your-own plants of fall, but when you look past Halloween, there’s one fruit that stands out from all others—the cranberry. Without these antioxidant-rich “superfruits,” Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be the same.

Cranberries grows in bogs, and while you have to head farther out of town to find them, there are plenty of spots in Massachusetts where you can tour cranberry bogs, even dive in, and haul home some fresh-picked produce.

The following are five spots that offer cranberry bog tours. Plan accordingly—most require that you pre-schedule tour dates. To learn more about how cranberries grow, sustainability, and more local farms, check out the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association’s website, Cranberries.org.

Bonus: Also check out our apple-picking guide, and once you have both key ingredients, learn how to make apple-cranberry preserves.

A.D. Makepeace Company
(Also host of the annual Cranberry Harvest Celebration, October 11-12, 2014.)
158 Tihonet Road, Wareham
508-322-4028, admakepeace.com

Cape Cod Cranberry Realty Trust
The Governor Prence Inn, 66 Route 6A, Orleans; Sea Shore Park Inn, 24 Canal Road, Orleans
508-255-1216, governorprenceinn.comseashoreparkinn.com

Flax Pond Farms
58 Pond St., Carver
508-866-3654 or 508-866-2162, flaxpondfarms.com

Mayflower Cranberries
72 Brook St., Plympton
781-585-1999, mayflowercranberries.com

Stonebridge Farm
186 Leonard St., Acushnet
508-951-1551 or 508-951-1902, stonebridgefarmevents.com

 


PLUS:

MAP: Where to Go Apple-Picking

RECIPE: How to Make Apple-Cranberry Preserves

  • Seth

    Also, Southers Marsh Golf Club in Plymouth is built on a cranberry bog. Fun course to play hitting your ball over the bogs.