thunderbug84 wants to eat more local food, and is on the hunt for some fresh local cranberries. They’re tough to find at farmstands and the like because of the complications of harvest: Most cranberry crops are harvested by flooding the fields so that the berries float and can be skimmed off. “It takes a fair amount of land and the ability to flood the fields for harvesting,” says BobB.
Nonetheless, cranberries-by-the-pound have been spotted at Verrill Farm and Russo’s, and they can be ordered online from Cranberry Hill Farm in Plymouth.
Meanwhile, cassoulady is looking for some locally made candy to hand out on Halloween. Tootsie Roll Industries acquired local confectionery company Cambridge Brands years ago, but Junior Mints, Tootsie Rolls, Sugar Daddy, Charms, and Tootsie Pops are still made in Cambridge, and Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie still makes Black Jacks molasses sticks in Salem.
Verrill Farm [MetroWest]
11 Wheeler Road, Concord
560 Pleasant Street, Watertown
Cranberry Hill Farm [South Shore]
103 Haskell Road, Plymouth
Cambridge Brands [Cambridge]
810 Main Street, Cambridge
Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie [North Shore]
122 Derby Street, Salem