Cranberries are just as much a part of the landscape of Cape Cod as sand dunes, beautiful beaches, and quaint family motels.
Because cranberries require constant moisture, a spongy, low-lying wetland, known as a bog, is their natural habitat. Famous for their tartness and bright color, cranberries are a big business on Cape Cod. They are harvested either wet or dry using various machinery, and are then processed or sold as is in one of the Cape’s many farm markets or shops.
Cranberry harvests take place throughout the fall, during this time the bogs on Cape Cod turn into vibrant hosts for wildlife, natural learning opportunities, and sightseers alike. Bogs can be visited individually during the growing and harvest season, or guided through a “bog tour” (offered by many local growers). There is also a fantastic Cranberry Festival out of Harwich every September, culminating in the Cranberry Parade.
If you are thinking of booking a trip down to the Cape for the fall, remember to check out Cape Cod hotels and Yarmouth hotels on various websites, like this one for the Mariner Motor Lodge, and ask knowledgeable front desk staff about the other local cranberry offerings. Many places to stay in Yarmouth offer tons of information about the cranberry season, as Yarmouth hotels are some of the closest to the Harwich farms.
For some more information on Bog Tours check out the link below:
Enjoy a guided tour of a working Cape Cod Cranberry bog and farm.
Great Learning Experience & Fun for both Kids & Adults. Learn about the 12 month operation of a cranberry bog.
See the equipment and visit with the farm animals.
Bog Tours Provided Daily