Come out to the Festival grounds and watch the berries being harvested, learn about the history of cranberry farming on Nantucket, participate in the family activities or just kick back and enjoy the music and the spectacular autumn scenery of one of the most unique and beautiful places on our Island. Don’t forget to bring home a pound, or two, of Nantucket Cranberries for the Holidays!
Cranberry Farming on Nantucket
The Nantucket Conservation Foundation owns and operates the last two remaining commercial cranberry bogs on the island. Cranberries have been grown on Nantucket since 1857 and were an important part of the Island’s economy until just prior to World War II. Visitors, summer residents, and even long time islanders are often surprised when they learn that the Foundation’s Milestone Bog is one of the oldest, continually operated farms on the Island. There are currently 195 acres under cultivation at the Milestone Bog with an additional 37 acres in production at the Windswept Bog on the Polpis Road. The Windswept Bog is also notable because of its status as one of the few certified organic cranberry bogs in the country. Together, the Foundation’s cranberry bogs produce nearly 2 million pounds of cranberries a year!