Cranberry Harvest in Ilwaco
Northwest cranberries are being harvested right this minute in Ilwaco. If you have ever wanted to see a cranberry bog, this is your chance. Harvesting starts early, 9 a.m. to be exact, and visitors are allowed right out onto the bog, so you can get up close and watch all the cranberry action as it happens. This Sunday, October 14, is the final day of the Cranberrian Fair, a celebration of all things cranberry. Food, crafters, local artists and more will all be on hand to celebrate the harvest. Fresh cranberries are for sale, as well as cranberry ice cream, pie, snacks, entrees and other desserts made with cranberries. The gift shop also has jams, jellies, candies, candles, wines, cheese, and more.
Be sure to take time to see the exhibits at both the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum and also the Cranberry Museum so you can learn more about the history of cranberry farming in the Northwest. Come prepared with a cooler so you can take home lots of cranberries for fall baking and also for Thanksgiving. Give yourself extra time on the way home to explore some of the beautiful scenery along the way. There are lots of great trails and the fall weather is just perfect for enjoying them. Stay tuned for a cranberry recipe, posting soon!