Now — Thanksgiving and Christmas — is the time of year that we enjoy Cranberries!
Ever wondered where this holiday staple comes from?
Two intrepid Blazers traveled to Massachusetts to find out.
Cranberries are a unique native American fruit. They thrive in a special combination of soil and water during the months between April and November. Cranberries grow on low-lying vines in beds with sand, peat, gravel, and clay and an adequate supply of fresh water.
Cranberry bogs are common in New England, particularly in Massachusetts.
In Massachusetts, where Cranberries are the number one agricultural commodity crop, these beds are referred to as Bogs. Tens of thousands of years ago, receding glaciers carved out cavities in the land that evolved into cranberry bogs. Newly formed kettle ponds filled with sand, clay and debris formed the perfect environment for vines to spread across the South Shore of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.
Massachusetts were born with cranberry bogs. For two hundred years, it has been where tradition has met innovation. Initially criticized the idea of growing and selling cranberries commercially caught on. Many of these “farms” are open for visitors to purchase cranberries and other products.
Take a little road trip and check them out.