Cranberries are the fruit of the season, harvested just in time for holiday meals centered on that king of birds, the turkey. And while cranberry sauce is great stuff indeed, the berries are a wonderful ingredient to use in both savory and sweet dishes.
If you’re a locavore, you can find scarlet orbs grown right here in the Valley. A 151-acre cranberry bog is part of Great Brook Farm State Park in Carlisle. The fruit grows on low, trailing vines. Wet harvesting methods involve flooding the landscape and beating the bushes so that the air-filled berries float to the surface, where they can be easily swooshed toward collection machinery by hand-swung booms. Berries gathered in this way are used for canned products, dried berries, juice and “nutraceuticals.” Gentler dry-harvesting methods are used for berries sold by the bag at the farm’s ice cream stand.
Great Brook Farm State Park
165 North Road,