over the weekend, we witnessed some cranberry harvesting happening up in massachusetts! visiting a cranberry bog has been on my bucket list for a few years now after i read about their harvesting online and i’m so glad we finally made it up there to witness a bit of it in person. the farm we went to, a.d. makepeace company, actually has a big cranberry festival in a few weeks where you can get into the bogs and help harvest the berries yourselves, but the festival didn’t align with our calendar this fall unfortunately, so we did one of their tours over the weekend instead.
currently, i’m the only member of the davis family that is into cranberry-anything and find myself making a big batch of cranberry sauce every thanksgiving that only i end up eating. i am hoping that will change this year since the cranberries seemed to pique everyone’s interest during our tour. the dark chocolate cranberry ice cream bar we tried from the gift shop at the end maybe helped in the persuasion of cranberries being delicious!
how freaking beautiful are cranberry bogs, though!? that color in contrast to all the other colors! the tour was really fascinating, as i had no prior knowledge of what goes into growing and harvesting cranberries. apparently this is one of the bigger cranberries farms in the united states, making cranberries for everything from cranberry juice to craisins.
my sister, rachel, and her little family drove down from boston to meet up and spend the day with us! the pictures below of the kiddos and their little cousin brody together are my favorite!
we first went onto a cranberry bog that hasn’t been flooded just yet with water. our tour guide taught us all about how the berries grow and the kids had fun trying to spot the buds of the new berries on some of the vines. we also tried a fresh cranberry that had just ripened and it reminded me a lot of a tiny tart apple.
the next bog we visited had just been flooded to begin the harvesting process. it was very fun to see the farmers out on their water-type tractors gathering up the berries.
photo by conrad who is pretty insistent these days on being the photographer. i adore the photos (usually bursts of 20-30) he captures from his low angle.
with cousin brody! that kid is seriously the happiest baby around and he is just smiling at everyone and everything. we love him. also, you don’t even wanna know how many times my kids ask me for another baby so that they can all hold one at the same time and not fight over our two. apparently two isn’t enough when there are three of them. but two is very much enough for me, thank you!
here they are corralling together the floating cranberries around a huge underwater pump that brings them out and up to the truck.
and now, if you have a killer cranberry-anything recipe, please do share it with me in the comments! have you ever visited a cranberry bog before?! could you imagine living close to one of these and having a view out your window of this kind of color each autumn? the experience got me so very excited for the season ahead.
you can watch a great video explaining the cranberry harvesting process HERE. our kids loved it!