cranberry bog

Fall Cranberry Harvest: Touring the Cranberry Bogs in BC

Did you know that British Columbia is the 3rd largest cranberry producer worldwide? BC produces about 17 million kilograms of cranberries annually on about 50 family farm operations. Cranberries are native to North America and are prized for their tart flavor and anti-inflammatory properties.Touring the cranberry bogs in BC

Cranberries are higher in antioxidants than pretty much every other fruit out there, which makes it a mystery as to why cranberries are primarily consumed on Thanksgiving with turkey. They have very little sugar content, so those that are consumed year-round are typically sweetened heavily for juice or dried “Craisins.” However, fresh cranberries are wonderful in baked goods and cooking and even make long-lasting, natural decorations. You can get more ideas on how to use cranberries in this article: Festive Ways to Use Fresh Cranberries.Touring the cranberry bogs in BC

Just a short drive away from Vancouver there are cranberry bogs that you can check out. They are just beautiful in mid-autumn when the bogs are flooded. Cranberries are perennial vines that grow in sunken beds called bogs. When the cranberries are ready to be harvested in the fall, the bogs are flooded and the farmers drive harvesters through the bog to knock the berries off the vines. Ripe cranberries float to the top of the bog, get corralled in, and are scooped up for our recipes!

Here is a video that shows the process:

Each year we head down to Fort Langley and buy bags of cranberries straight from the farm.  They freeze well and are a delicious addition to baking and savoury cooking alike.

Touring the cranberry bogs in BC

Here are some cranberry sauce recipes for canning that are good to both serve during the holidays and give away as gifts!

I also love to use them for decorating, as you can see in this article:




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  1. SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime
    SJ @ Homemaker On A DimeNovember 21,11

    This is the stuff that I see only on TV. Lucky you! Btw, thanks for joining my giveaway :) Hope you can also swing by and join my Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop.

  2. Christine
    ChristineNovember 21,11

    All I can say is wow…..I love cranberries and I love bourbon recipes. This looks great!
    Thanks for visiting Sugar and Trash!

  3. kitsapFG
    kitsapFGNovember 22,11

    I love cranberries and always enjoy the local harvest as much as possible when they are on. Washington state is also a big cranberry producer and so we have lots of fresh supply to use as well. Very yummy and very good for us too.

    • Stevie
      StevieNovember 22,11

      KitsapFG, so glad that you have access to fresh cranberries, the farms are so fun to visit.

  4. Kristin
    KristinNovember 22,11

    Love the photos of the cranberries. The sauce sounds delicious! I will give it a try for sure. Have to love living here in BC. Lots of great farmers out there.

    • Stevie
      StevieNovember 22,11

      Kristin, Let me know if you do try it. I plan to make your ginger snaps today. yummmmm.

  5. maryhysong
    maryhysongNovember 22,11

    That’s really pretty, that big pool of cranberries! Tho they aren’t my favorite thing in the world…

  6. Derinda
    DerindaNovember 22,11

    The pictures are LOVELY and the recipe looks good too!!

  7. Andrea
    AndreaNovember 23,11

    hi, great photos but i have to admit ive never tried cranberries, not in juice and not fresh either.

  8. Jamie
    JamieNovember 23,11

    How fun would that be to buy cranberries straight from the farm. I’ll have to try this recipe.

    • Stevie
      StevieNovember 23,11

      Jamie, it is fun!
      Andrea, I hope you can try them someday. Yummm.

  9. Marty@A Stroll thru Life
    [email protected] Stroll thru LifeNovember 23,11

    Fabulous. I can’t wait to try this. Thanks so much for joining TTT and Happy Thanksgiving. Hugs, marty

  10. Melanie
    MelanieNovember 23,11

    What great pictures of the cranberry harvesting. I would love to come down to see it and of course buy some cranberries. I have to make do with packaged ones from the grocery store. They are from BC tho. What a great idea for cranberry sauce, mixing it with bourbon. It looks so bright and warm, perfect for this time of year.

    • Stevie
      StevieNovember 23,11

      Thanks, Melanie. Harvest is in October and there is a cranberry festival in Fort Langley around that time that is fun. Let me know if you plan to come and I’ll forward details on finding the farms.

  11. Good Girl Gone Green
    Good Girl Gone GreenNovember 24,11

    I had no idea about BC being the 3rd largest crannberry producer. Your recipe looks yum!!!

  12. Jewelry Rage
    Jewelry RageJune 22,12

    Great recipe, and I love the pictures wish I was there.

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    JuneOctober 13,16

    Hey, this was a cool post…then I went to share it with social media…you have none! You need to include links with your posts so we can share them…they’re worth it!

  15. Brie
    BrieOctober 14,16

    I just put the video on for the boys – Olin loved cranberries at Thanksgiving, so we’ll have to make some more for him!

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