Looking for Cranberry Recipes, Facts and Tips in 2021? Scroll down this page and follow the links. And if you bring home some fruit or vegetables and want to can, freeze, make jam, salsa or pickles, see this page for simple, reliable, illustrated canning, freezing or preserving directions. There are plenty of other related resources, click on the resources dropdown above. If you are having a hard time finding canning lids, I've used these, and they're a great price & ship in 2 days.
Notes for October 2021: Autumn is upon us and that means you'd better hurry to get blueberries and peaches; apples are already in full swing. Some crops continue until frost, like raspberries, blackberries, figs, corn and tomatoes. Check your area's crop calendar (see this page) and call your local farms for seasonal specific updates.
See these pages to find a local Apple festival, and other festivals. We have a guide to apple varieties and a guide to peach varieties. Also recipes, canning and freezing directions for apples, blueberries, peaches, tomatoes, corn etc.
See our comprehensive list of easy home canning, jam and jelly making, preserving, drying and freezing directions. You can access recipes and other resources from the drop down menus at the top of the page or the site search. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to write me! It is easy to make your own ice cream, even gelato, or low fat or low sugar ice cream - see this page. Also note, there are many copycat website listing U-pick farms now. They have all copied their information from here and usually do not ever update. Since 2002, I've been updating the information every day but Christmas; so if you see anything wrong or outdated, please write me!
Cranberries aren't usually considered a PYO fruit, but . They're very rich in vitamin C and anti-oxidants! Recent research shows that cranberries are effective at preventing UTI's (urinary tract infections!). In England the local variety is known as whortleberries, wortleberries or bilberries. Where the name "worthleberry" or "whortleberry" comes from, I do not know; but you can find the low growing plants in Wales!
Northern hemisphere: From mid September through November
Southern Hemisphere (e.g., Australia, New Zealand, South Africa): From mid April through June
The American cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) or lowbush cranberry is a fairly small plant. It's more like a scraggly vine that can grow along the ground for up to 6 ft and less than a foot tall. In the Spring, the vines send out runners with flowers than become the cranberries. While you may think of them as growing in a swamp or bog, they are actually grown in a normal field, which surrounded by earthen walls, is only flooded briefly during harvest time in the Fall.
Since cranberries float due to an air pocket inside them. commercial farms flood the fields (called bogs) then use water reels called "egg-beaters" to loosen the cranberries from the vines, freeing them to float to the surface of the water. They then use floating booms to corral the berries and draw them to a corner where they can rake them in.
Good cranberries float! Mushy ones usually sink!
Pour them in to a large bowl of cold water, and swirl them around, scoop them out with your fingers, feeling for any mushy berries, as you scoop. Discard any mushy, soft berries. The picture of the 4 berries shows you unripe through ripe. I'd throw out the one on the far left, but use the other 3.
Good cranberries are firm, not mushy and dark red. Firm and pale red are okay and usable just not ideal.
Cranberries are one of only three fruits native to North America (plus Concord grapes and blueberries). They are grown commercially mainly in five states in the U.S. Wisconsin is the leading producer of cranberries, producing 62 percent of the U.S crop in 2017. The other top states are Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, and Washington. Americans consume nearly 400 million pounds of cranberries per year, 20 percent of them during Thanksgiving week. The U.S. per capita consumption of cranberries is 2.3 pounds, almost entirely in the form of juice or juice blends. Cranberries are at the top of the list of healthy foods. Besides being high in vitamin C, manganese and fiber, cranberries are rich in phyto-nutrients (naturally derived plant compounds), particularly proanthocyanidin antioxidants, which are essential for all-round wellness.
A.D. Makepeace Company - two public pick-your-own cranberry tours in most years
146 Tihonet Rd, Wareham, MA 02571. Our guided tours include a discussion of each growing season, touches upon the history of the cranberry industry and our company, allows for interaction with our farmers, includes the viewing of our wet harvest cranberry operation, and time for guests to dry harvest their own cranberries. The tour lasts approximately two hours. Very little walking is required. Guests will be able to dry harvest fresh cranberries by hand during the tour. Guests are allowed to keep the berries they harvest during the allotted harvest portion of the tour (approximately 30 minutes). Please note, this is a non-water harvest tour, no waders are required, appropriate dress and footwear required.
Cape Cod National Seashore Pick wild cranberries with a ranger
99 Marconi Site Road, Wellfleet, MA 02667. Phone: (508) 255-3421. A Cranberry Harvest Walk in Truro on Tuesday November 21 at 1 p.m. It is allowed to pick 1 gallon of cranberries per person per day for personal consumption. Directions: From Eastham and Wellfleet. Take Route 6 into Truro. After passing "Head of the Meadow" and "Pilgrim Heights," look for the small, green street sign "High Head" on the right. Turn right onto High Head Road. At the fork, bear left onto the dirt road (caution-this is a very bumpy road, go slow). Park in the bike trail parking lot.
Cranberry Bog Tours -
1601 Factory Rd, Harwich, MA 02645. Phone: (508) 432-0790. Email: [email protected]. Leo & Andrea Cakounes operate the largest organic cranberry bog on Cape Cod. Located in Harwich, MA, daily tours of the bog are offered seasonally. Learn about the 12 month operation of a cranberry bog. See the equipment and visit with the farm animals. Please visit our FAQs page to see if our tour is right for your summer fun. See tour times below and contact us here to book your tour. Tour Season Begins in April! *Tours Fill Quickly ~ Reservations Required* Tour times vary, with tours 7 days a week. Please call for reservations and scheduled times.
Mayflower Cranberries - No Public Tours or Events Scheduled
Plympton, MA. Mayflower Cranberries LLC is a family cranberry farm owned by Jeff and Kim LaFleur. The 112 acre farm has 24 acres of active cranberry bogs. Located in Plympton, Massachusetts, the 112 acre farm has 23.6 acres of active cranberry bogs. We have two sons whom we hope will take over the family business someday. We opened the farm to visitors from around the world to fully experience the cranberry and all that goes into producing this red little berry. We are Grower-Owners for Ocean Spray Cranberries, a farmer owned cooperative.
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