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Cranberry Harvests in the Fall

Like most of New England in the fall, the Cape and Islands is a beautiful place to be when Mother Nature gets out her paintbrush. One of the most colorful sights on Cape Cod and the Islands during the fall is the cranberry harvest. Join the fun at one of several cranberry harvest festivals on the Cape or Nantucket. Or enjoy a guided tour of one of the bogs.

Cranberry Harvest, Harwich, MA
Cranberry Harvest, Harwich, MA
(Photo taken by Becky Fischer,

The cranberry harvest season begins around Labor Day and usually runs into the middle of November. The Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association has created a cranberry harvest trail guide. At the Cape Farm and Cranberry Company in Harwich, for example, you can enjoy a guided tour of the farm and bog, shop at the farm stand and gift shop, and visit the farm animals.

Cranberry Bog Harvest, Harwich

Posted by - Cape Cod and Islands Vacations on Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The majority of our entire domestic cranberry production comes from southeastern Massachusetts and accounts for over 100 million dollars in income for the state. The cranberry was originally harvested by the local Native Americans who introduced the “sassamanash” or “bitter berries” to the Pilgrims. Both the early Pilgrims and later whaling fishermen learned to appreciate the benefits of cranberries, which contain scurvy-preventing vitamin C as well as their unique tart flavor and beautiful, deep-red color. They were also used to produce healing poultices and dyes for coloring clothes.

If you decide to visit the Cape and Islands during this spectacular season, be sure to take advantage of conveniently staying in a charming Cape Cod vacation rental!

Summary of Events | Fall 2016
The Harwich Cranberry Arts and Music Festival September 17 - 18, 9am-5pm
13th Annual Cranberry Harvest Celebration, Wareham October 8 - 9th, 10am-4pm
Cranberry Festival, Nantucket October 8, 11am-4pm
38th Annual Yarmouth Seaside Festival October 8 - 10
Wellfleet Oysterfest October 15 -16, 10am-5pm
About Susan Hutchins

About Susan Hutchins: I joined the WeNeedaVacation team in 2012 and write website and blog content as well as promote through social media. Having grown up spending summers on Nantucket, I have a strong connection to Cape Cod and the Islands. I now live in New Hampshire with my husband, two children, and golden retriever, and we are frequent visitors to the Cape. I love running local road races, the Brewster in Bloom 5K being a favorite. My family enjoys biking on the Cape Cod Rail Trail, hiking in Nickerson State Park, and relaxing on the beautiful beaches (usually a dog friendly one!).