Cranberry Harvesting and the Washington Cranberrian Fair
The Long Beach Washington Cranberrian Fair, Held Annually during the Second Week of October
Annually, the Long Beach, Washington community holds their annual Cranberrian Fair. This year, it will be October 12 to October 13.
However, this website is not only about the festival. It is also about the Long Beach cranberry farming and harvest.
I was recently in Long Beach, Washington and got to witness, first-hand, the cranberry farms and the harvesting procedure. This may not be exciting to many, but it is a very interesting process. Most of the photos on this site were taken by myself.
Walk with me through the cranberry farm and the harvesting process. I have also included many cranberry-related items throughout!
If you love cranberries, this is the best place to be.
Growing up, I can always remember the cranberry sauce or cranberries at the kitchen table during the holidays, especially Thanksgiving.
Little did I know, that there were so many recipes and uses for cranberries.
I have been intrigued by the Ocean Spray commercials where the two men are standing in a bog. On a recent trip to Washington, I saw that there was a cranberry museum and tour, including the cranberry bogs. I jumped at the chance to visit and part of the photos on this website are of my visit.
Every October, the cranberry farmers and people of the Long Beach Washington Peninsula celebrate their annual Cranberrian Fair. It is not a huge festival but the area is not huge. If you ever get a chance to visit Washington, I highly recommend visiting and taking a tour at the Cranberry Museum. I learned that cranberries had been grown there since the 1880's.
It was also interesting to discover that the Ocean Spray company has a base there and that many of the berries that are picked, go to them to create fresh cranberry products.
Please take the tour with me below and make plans to visit the area.
Thank you for your visit!
Ocean Spray Diet Cranberry Spray
I really like Ocean Spray products and now that I have actually visited some of the bogs where their berries originate, I like them even more.
This cranberry juice is very nice and for people that have a low sugar tolerance, the diet version has become very popular.
"Dreams" by the Cranberries - Music to browse by
The Different Stages of Cranberry Growth
A Cranberry Farm in Long Beach, Washington
The Best Cranberry Recipes on the Internet!
- The Best Fresh Cranberry Recipes
Straight from Allrecipes.com
- Fantastic Recipes from Ocean Spray
Who else but Ocean Spray has the best cranberry recipes on the internet?
- Taste of Home provides some fantastic cranberry recipes
Cranberry sauce, cookies, stuffing and many other recipes
- Recipes from the Cape Cod Cranberry Grower's Association
These cranberries are not from Washington, but they still grow a fine berry in the Northeast!
- Recipes from Home Cooking
These recipes use fresh and dried cranberries and also cranberry sauce.
The Bog is Flooded, then a Motorized Beater Moves Across the Bog and Dislodges the Berries - The berries float to the surface and then they are harvested
After Sorting, the Cranberries are Moved by Conveyor into Bins for Shipment
Cranberries are Started From Cuttings - It takes about Four Years after Planting for them to Mature
Cranberries that are still Several Years from Harvesting
The Cranberrian Fair
Held annually in October
Once a year, Washington holds it's annual Cranberrian Fair and this year, 2012, it is scheduled for October 13th and 14th.
The annual celebration coincides with the harvest of cranberries on the Long Beach Peninsula in Washington. Included in the events are bog tours and just about everything cranberry
If you love cranberries or eclectic festivals, this is the place to be. You can buy food, baskets, crafts and other goods, all with a cranberry theme.
The Cranberry Trolley will take you to some of the events at the Cranberry Museum where there are tours and demonstrations.
You don't have to love cranberries to attend and if you like to learn about local culture, you will definitely find something to interest you.
See you there!
Sun Maid Cape Cod Cranberries
These cranberries from the Northeast United States are really tasty.
The sweetness of these is a little different than their Washington counterparts but they are still delicious. You can eat these right out of the bag for a tasty cranberry snack!
4 Pounds of Lucsious Dried Cranberries
If you like your cranberries dried as a snack or as an additive to your cooking, you will love these.
I like them in my cereal. They give that little sugar boost and I don't need any other sweeteners. This four pound batch will give you enough to last a long time, even if you use a lot during the holidays.
Cranberries about a Year from Harvest
The Top Ten Cranberry Recipe Videos
The Cranberry Museum in Long Beach, Washington
Raptor Poles are Placed to Allow Owls and Hawks to Watch for Mice, Which Damage Cranberry Vines
The Cranberry Controversy - Have you or someone you know ever used Cranberry Juice for a Urinary Tract Infection?
Some say that cranberry juice works great for urinary tract infections. Some say that it is only a ploy that is used by the cranberry companies to make more money and doesn't really work. What are your thoughts?
Do you believe that cranberry juice is effective for UTI?