Cranberry Harvest Celebration: A New Way to See Fall Foliage
Picking, corralling, and loading are not in most leaf-peepers’ repertoires. Since nearly three-quarters of Americans reportedly have never heard of a cranberry bog, perhaps that’s not surprising. But to experience a new way to see fall’s colors — head for the southeastern Massachusetts cranberry harvest.
Nestled among the towns between Carver and Harwich are more than 14,000 acres of cranberry bogs. October brings a brilliant crimson carpet from which rises the better-known seasonal skyline of gold, orange, and yellow.
The harvest can often be seen from the side the road; the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association publishes a harvest route trail guide. But the bogs in their most vivid hues are a short-lived phenomenon.
Fortunately, you need not rely on the whims of Mother Nature or guess the harvest schedule. Venues exist that not only showcase the harvest, but also appeal to history buffs, bird-watchers, foodies, and festival-lovers.
The annual Cranberry Harvest Celebration is one. Held each Columbus Day weekend in Wareham at A.D. Makepeace Co., which sponsors the event with the growers association, the event features juried crafters and activities for children such as “make your own bog.’’ Local chefs put on culinary shows, using cranberries, of course. Last year, almost 20,000 visitors attended.