You could say that Massachusetts knows a thing or two about harvesting cranberries. The native fruit was first cultivated in Massachusetts, and today the state produces 15 percent of the world’s cranberries.
For Bay Staters, cranberries are more than a chief export — they’re a way of life and a source of camaraderie among local farmers, and certainly worthy of a celebration outside Thanksgiving dinner. On Saturday, October 8, and Sunday, October 9, the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association and Ocean Spray held the 13th annual Cranberry Harvest Celebration. Located on the A.D. Makepeace Company’s farmland, visitors interacted with the harvesting experience at the season’s peak, learning from farmers, touring the property and, for the first time, putting on waders and stepping into the bog (yes, they’re real). Cape Cod growers sold fresh cranberries, Craisins, baked goods and sauces, while local restaurants served both regional food and cranberry-adorned dishes.
Sarra Sedghi is Paste Food’s Assistant Editor. She can usually be found arguing about mayonnaise on Twitter.