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Cranberry Harvesting and the Washington Cranberrian Fair

Updated on July 12, 2013

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.

Photo taken by author, tvyps

Purple Star
Purple Star
Cranberry Bread
Cranberry Bread

Washington Cranberries

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!

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Ocean Spray Diet Cranberry Spray

Ocean Spray Diet Cranberry Spray, 64-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 8)
Ocean Spray Diet Cranberry Spray, 64-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 8)

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

Cranberry Stages
Cranberry Stages

A Cranberry Farm in Long Beach, Washington

A Cranberry Farm in Long Beach, Washington
A Cranberry Farm in Long Beach, Washington

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

Cranberry harvest
Cranberry harvest

After Sorting, the Cranberries are Moved by Conveyor into Bins for Shipment

Cranberry Sorting
Cranberry Sorting

Cranberries are Started From Cuttings - It takes about Four Years after Planting for them to Mature

Cranberry Bog
Cranberry Bog
Ripening Cranberries
Ripening Cranberries

Cranberries that are still Several Years from Harvesting

Young cranberries
Young cranberries
Ripening Cranberries
Ripening Cranberries
Castle of Rumbeke Belgium
Castle of Rumbeke Belgium

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!

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Sun Maid Cape Cod Cranberries

Sun Maid Cape Cod Cranberries, 6-Ounce Bags (Pack of 6)
Sun Maid Cape Cod Cranberries, 6-Ounce Bags (Pack of 6)

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

Traverse Bay Fruit Co. Dried Cranberries, 4-Pound Box
Traverse Bay Fruit Co. Dried Cranberries, 4-Pound Box

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

Cranberry Bog
Cranberry Bog

The Top Ten Cranberry Recipe Videos

The Cranberry Museum in Long Beach, Washington

Cranberry Museum and Walking Tour
Cranberry Museum and Walking Tour
Bowl of cranberries
Bowl of cranberries

Raptor Poles are Placed to Allow Owls and Hawks to Watch for Mice, Which Damage Cranberry Vines

Raptor Pole
Raptor Pole

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?

Absolutely. I can tell you, from my own personal experience, that it really works.

Absolutely. I can tell you, from my own personal experience, that it really works.

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    • Aumlanka 4 years ago

      I've found that the concentrated pills are much more effecting for staving off a UTI. They only work if you start taking them at the first sign of an infection. I do believe that drinking a glass of cranberry juice each day will help cut down on UTIs if used in conjunction with good hygiene habits.

    I think it is just another one of those crazy naturopathic hoaxes that doesn't really work.

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      • Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

        I am in the middle of the road on this one. It might work and has for some, but I have found that d-mannose is much better, it helped save my cat's life. She doesn't have reoccurring kidney stones since using d-mannose. I am not selling the stuff, it just works.

      Most Cranberries are Wet Harvested and the Berries are used to Make Sauce and Juice - This wet harvesting is done using a complex irrigation system which floods

      Field Troughs used for Irrigation
      Field Troughs used for Irrigation
      Irrigation Valve
      Irrigation Valve
      Field Troughs used for Irrigation
      Field Troughs used for Irrigation
      Cranberry Products
      Cranberry Products

      Cranberry Products - All items in collection of and photos taken by author, tvyps

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      Irrigation Ponds not only Assist in Cranberries they are Important to Local Wildlife as Well - Frequent visitors to the ponds include Herons, Ducks, Frogs, Deer

      Irrigation Pond
      Irrigation Pond
      Irrigation Pond
      Irrigation Pond

      Almost Ready for Harvest

      Almost ready for harvest
      Almost ready for harvest
      Almost ready for harvest
      Almost ready for harvest

      Ocean Spray in Long Beach, Washington - Where most of the Washington cranberries end up

      Ocean Spray in Long Beach, Washington
      Ocean Spray in Long Beach, Washington

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          Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

          @captainj88: It is very interesting and that is a good question. I do think that the Native Americans ate them and they were very popular in the East. Thank you for visiting, as always.

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          Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

          I think this is such a cool process. I wonder what we did with those berries before we discovered how to build and flood the bogs?

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          Aumlanka 4 years ago

          This is a really informative lens. I had no idea I was actually interested in this until I ran across your lens. Thanks for helping me to learn something new today!

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          Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

          @Steph Tietjen: Sounds tasty! Thanks for the visit!

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          Stephanie Tietjen 4 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

          Yes, berry interesting. I learned a lot. Now I want a slice of Cranberry Orange bread from the local shop.

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          lesliesinclair 4 years ago

          For some time as a little child I lived near a cranberry bog and loved everything about it, including the sauce.

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          Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

          I shall have to remember this when I get back to Washington one of these years. Love all the great cranberry recipes. Ever since I made my own cranberry sauce we do not buy canned anymore. Homemade is so much better and relatively easy.

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          SandraWilson LM 4 years ago

          @tvyps: Thanks for the info. I was thinking in terms of alfalfa while wondering but strawberries are definitely a better comparison. :-)

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          Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

          @SandraWilson LM: Thanks for the visit. It depends on the climate. Some have lived 150 years or more. They generally last about 10 years and then a lot of them die. The beds they are in are very acidic and also, the vines choke them out. Also, when bees do not pollinate, the bed is not successful. The rule of thumb is about 6-10 years and then they are replaced. I am not sure if you have ever grown strawberries. If you continue to use the same plants, the berries do not come as regularly and they are not as large.

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          SandraWilson LM 4 years ago

          I found the pictures very interesting. Do they have to replant the bushes after harvest or do the bushes continue season after season once mature? How often must the bushes be replanted?