The A.D. Makepeace Company will host its first annual Cranberry Blossom Festival on Saturday, June 29, featuring a grower-guided tour of cranberry bogs in bloom. The tour is a unique opportunity for locals and visitors to view the beauty of the bogs in one of the most picturesque and important times of year. This agricultural experience covers the history of cranberry growing, the importance of pollination, the growing needs for each season, and allows for plenty of photographs, questions and answers. Guests will be transported to the cranberry bogs by bus, therefore, seating is limited. The one-hour tours will take place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Limited walking is required. The fee is $5 per person, children under 7 free. To register in advance go to www.tihonet.com.
Other activities will be offered in Tihonet Village, a self-guided nature walk, a selection of vendors, live entertainment and a cranberry-apple pie eating contest sponsored by Makepeace Farms. Children will enjoy old fashioned games such as a hay bale maze, paddle boat rides and face painting are also offered for a nominal fee.
The annual “Make it Better with Cranberries” cookbook release ceremony will take place at noon in Box Mill Hall. The ceremony celebrates the winning recipes from the 2012 cooking contest featured in the 2013 cookbook. The publishers, Yolanda and Edward Lodi from Rock Village Publishing, will introduce each recipe and author. A small sampling of select recipes will be featured.
Makepeace Farms in Tihonet Village will be open and offering a fine selection of cranberry products, fresh baked goods, lunch specials, unique New England inspired goods at $1 ice cream cones. Makepeace Farms’ Produce Wagon will be introduced with a selection of seasonal local produce and cranberry plants for your home.
Make it a LOCAL DAY! After your Blossom experience visit our friends at the Old Company Store, nearby at 5 Elm Street, Wareham, for their 20th birthday celebration.
The Cranberry Blossom Festival will be held on Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at A.D. Makepeace Company headquarters in Tihonet Village, 146 Tihonet Road, Wareham. Admission and parking are free; some activities have fees. Cranberry Bog Tours are $5 per person to register in advance visit www.tihonet.com.
The A.D. Makepeace Company operates the largest cranberry farm in the world and is a member of the Ocean Spray Grocer Owned Cooperative.