Cranberry bogs and New England are pretty much synonymous with each other. They go hand in hand. It may not quite be on the same level as the clam chowder, but taking a cranberry bog tour on your visit to Cape Cod is a must for first-time visitors to the area. You won’t be disappointed.
Cranberries are just one of just a few fruits native to North America. They were an important fruit for the Native Americans, who gathered wild cranberries and used them as medicine, dyes and food. Pilgrims caught on to the true versatility of cranberries and went on to create recipes that become classics in American cuisine.
Bogs are a unique way to grow produce that only grows in four states aside from Massachusetts, which is responsible for half of U.S. cranberry production. If you;re looking for great outdoor activities in Cape Cod, look no further than this tour. Season begins in April with daily tours that run through Fall.
The visual splendor of a bog is reason enough to try this quintessential fall activity. You don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving to get a taste of the sweet, tart fruits this season. Visiting a cranberry bog comes with fascinating lessons in agriculture and American history, driven home by hands-on experiences you won’t soon forget.
Leo & Andrea Cakounes operate the largest and most popular organic cranberry bog on Cape Cod. Located in Harwich, MA, the Cranberry Bog Tours run daily tours of the bog they offer seasonally. Here you can learn about the 12 month operation of a cranberry bog, see the equipment and visit with all the farm animals.
This crop doesn’t usually come from massive commercial farms, but though small cranberry-farming families that still play an important role in the harvest. Bogs are a heralded tradition for many of these families, who’ve been harvesting the same bogs for generations. Make sure you book a bog tour next time you’re in this beautiful town.