Cranberries are the number one agricultural crop of Massachusetts and are a staple of the area. If you love the sweet yet tart berries, cranberry juice, or cranberry sauce during your Thanksgiving meal, there is a good chance that the fruit came from our state. Massachusetts cranberry bogs take up over 14,000 acres throughout the southeastern part of the state and through Cape Cod. During your next autumn getaway, here are some of the most popular cranberry bog tours that you won’t want to miss.
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What is a Cranberry Bog?
Cranberry bogs can be found all over North and South America and consist of soft, marshy ground with acid peat soil. Contrary to popular belief, the cranberries do not come out of the water. Instead, they grow on long-running vines throughout the area. Farmers flood the bog with up to 18 inches of water and then use water reefs called “egg beaters” to loosen the berries from the vines. The berries float on the surface of the water and are corralled together before being loaded onto trucks and shipped.
4 Massachusetts Cranberry Bogs Tours
Massachusetts cranberry bogs are a great way to experience the agriculture of the state. It also allows the whole family to get outside and enjoy the wonderful scenery of a Massachusetts in the fall. Just to get you started, here are some of our favorite local cranberry bogs that we’re sure you’ll love to see.
1. A.D. Makepeace Company
Based in Wareham, MA, A.D. Makepeace Company is the world’s largest cranberry grower and the largest private property owner in eastern Massachusetts. When the cranberries are in season, they offer exciting cranberry bog tours that include a discussion of each growing season and the history of the industry. There is also a “pick-your-own” tour that allows you and your family to dry harvest your own cranberries!
2. Chamberlain Farm
Chamberlain Farm is a charming and historic venue in Berkley, MA with a wide variety of delicious cranberry products. The berries are grown right on-site, so you can be guaranteed that all of their goods are completely fresh. There are also a slew of fun events that are open to the public.
3. Flax Pond Farms
Flax Pond Farms is a 100-acre farm with 34-acres of cranberry bogs that have been producing for over 100 years. Check out the cranberry harvest in the fall and antique farming equipment. During your visit, you’ll also enjoy other fresh fruit and cranberry products, including candy!
4. Mayflower Cranberries
Located in Plympton, MA, Mayflower Cranberries is one of the most popular cranberry farms in the state, and for good reason! The family-owned farm boasts 23.6-acres of active cranberry bogs that are visited by people from around the world each year. During the summer, pre-harvest tours are available to show what goes on behind the scenes during the cranberry harvest. You can also join harvest programs or attend bogside dinners that are sure to become the highlight of your visit.
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