We love cranberries and I can see we’re not the only ones! We declared today a cranberry day today, and it was a delight from start to finish! I thought I’d share our cranberry fun since it was so simple and delicious and is easy to do with a day!
We enjoyed Dawn’s recommendation of the Reading Rainbow episode on Giving Thanks which includes a neat explanation of cranberry farming. We started the day with this episode and it really set the tone for our cranberry day. And we learned why those little air pockets in the center of the cranberry are so important.
Next, a trip to the market where we picked up several bags of delicious, farm fresh cranberries! These fresh cranberries freeze well, so be sure to pick up several bags while you’re at the market! They’re only out a couple of times a year.
We bought Habelman Bros. cranberries at the market today – we love supporting family farmers! After getting home, we spent some time reading about the Habelman family. This family has been farming cranberries since 1907! Just look at the neat cranberry crafts they recommend on their site. You’ll also note the importance of the humble cranberry to the Indians, and how the Pilgrims began to value this tart berry, thus ensuring the cranberry’s place on our Thanksgiving tables.
Then, we curled up together and savored a favorite – Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin. My kids just love reading about dear, old Mr. Whiskers and his sincere, gruff manner. He is endearing! And of course, Grandmother’s famous cranberry bread had our curiosity piqued!