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Visiting a Cranberry Bog in Massachusetts
Have you ever wondered about visiting a cranberry bog in Massachusetts?
For the longest time, visiting a cranberry bog has been on my bucket list. One of the stranger items on my bucket list for sure. It probably started from seeing Ocean Spray commercials on TV and thinking how fun it looked to stomp around in a cranberry bog!
When I planned a fall trip to Massachusetts, it was the perfect time to finally make this bucket list dream come true. I knew one of my stops in Massachusetts would have to be a cranberry bog.
Fall is the harvest time for these tart red berries, and many bogs across Massachusetts offer tours that let you take a peek into the world of cranberry farming.
Historically, Massachusetts has been one of the top producers of cranberries in the United States. In fact, more than one-third of cranberries come from this small Northeastern state. Cranberries are inherently linked to fall, bringing to mind Thanksgiving dishes like cranberry sauce and cranberry pie.
Cranberries are one of the few fruits native to North America, and Native Americans used them for medicines, dyes, and food. Obviously, the Pilgrims caught on to the versatility of cranberries, and it makes sense that these bright red berries have had a long history in Massachusetts.
If you’re interested in visiting a cranberry bog in Massachusetts for yourself, read on!
My Top Recommendation: Benson’s Pond
The cranberry bog I visited was Benson’s Pond in Middleboro, Massachusetts.
This family-owned cranberry bog is part of the Ocean Spray cooperative, which is headquartered in Plymouth, Massachusetts and has more than 700 member growers.
Benson’s Pond offers an experience called “Bogger for a Day” which I highly recommend.
You’ll learn all about cranberry growing, including how the berries are harvested every fall. You’ll get to don a set of waders and spend some time inside a bog yourself. And you’ll enjoy plenty of cranberry treats, including cranberry juice, chocolate-covered dried cranberries, cranberry bars, and more. (Plus you’ll get plenty of fresh berries to take home with you!)
This tour was on the pricier side ($99 per person) but it was definitely worth it!
You will not find a more unique experience than visiting a cranberry bog and getting to stomp around in all the berries. This is the perfect fun fall activity in Massachusetts!
Other Cranberry Bogs to Visit
There are many other cranberry bogs around Massachusetts that offer tours.
However, not all of them involve a hands-on experience like Benson’s Pond where you get to don a pair of waders and actually go into a cranberry bog. Check out the websites below for the complete details on what each of these bog tours offers!
- Annie’s Crannies in Dennis, MA
- Cape Code Cranberry Bog Tours in Harwich, MA
- Flax Pond Farms in Carver, MA
- Mayflower Cranberries in Plympton, MA
- Stone Bridge Farm in Acushnet, MA
No matter where you choose to go, visiting a cranberry bog is a unique experience that can’t be missed when you’re in Massachusetts during the fall!
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