Posted on September 11, 2018
October’s cranberry harvest has been a part of the peninsula’s culture for over a century. This tart, native berry brings more excitement than you might expect as the bogs are flooded for harvest and roadside stalls with fresh cranberries begin to pop up. The peak of activity comes October 13 and 14 (2018) with the annual Cranberrian Fair. Plan a fall trip to the peninsula and get in on the cranberry fun.
Cranberrian Fair – Oct. 13 & 14, 2018
Fast approaching is our annual celebration—the Cranberrian Fair! Admission is only $5 and includes a collectible Cranberrian button. This covers all events for the weekend.
Highlights for the fair include:
- Baked goods like the event’s signature Cranberry Peach Pie.
- Demonstrations from local artists, crafters, and makers.
- Self-guided tours of the cranberry harvest at the Cranberry Museum.
Local Cranberry Bogs
Fresh cranberries from our local farms are sure to make your autumn dishes unique and flavorful.
The Pacific Coast Cranberry Research Foundation welcomes visitors to walk around their cranberry bogs year round on self-guided tours. The museum is open daily between April 1st – December 15th. They have a wonderful gift shop to drop by after you’re done exploring their cranberry farm. Be sure to try the cranberry ice cream!
Cranguyma Farms sets up roadside stalls around the peninsula and sells cranberries by the bag at their farm on weekends. They also offer u-pick cranberries at 50 cents a pound. Their farm is open daily from 8 AM to 6 PM. Admission is free, and they have a cozy corner in their shed set up for a picnic if you need a break.
Starvation Alley Organic Cranberries
Starvation Alley was the first certified organic bog in the state. Their cranberries are used in local brewing as well as culinary creations. Their cranberries have also been used by Ghostfish Brewing and Tom Douglas restaurants in Seattle as well as by Grand Central Bakery in Portland and Seattle.
You can buy Starvation Alley’s cold pressed 100% Pure Cranberry Juice locally at Adrift Hotel, Sid’s IGA, Okies Thriftway Market, and Brown’s Coastal Corner Market and Deli. If you can’t make it down to the beach, Starvation Alley products are also sold at stores in Seattle and Portland.
Local Libations Featuring Cranberries
Adrift Distillers created a delicious Cranberry Liqueur in collaboration with Starvation Alley. You can stop by the distillery for a tasting and take home a bottle to add to cocktails (or a holiday punch!).