Time for Washington Grown Cranberries

Bloom Creek Cranberry Farm now grows two types of crans -- Stevens (left) and Willapa Red (right). Photo credit: Bloom Creek Cranberry Farm.

Bloom Creek Cranberry Farm now grows two types of crans -- Stevens (left) and Willapa Red (right). Photo credit: Bloom Creek Cranberry Farm.

Felix and crew from Bloom Creek Cranberry Farm are back at Ballard Farmers Market with this year's harvest of Washington-grown cranberries. Hailing from bogs in Olympia, Washington, Bloom Creek now grows two varieties of this festive fruit. Bloom Creek harvests from two bogs -- their original Stevens bog and their new Willapa Red bog, which produces a smaller and darker berry with more tannin-like flavors, similar to that of a wild cranberry.  Bloom Creek will be at Ballard for just a few weeks, so stock up before Thanksgiving and store in the freezer to use throughout the holiday season -- they freeze really well. 

We hope you'll think of crans beyond the holiday table, as they're loaded with health benefits. Here are just a few, for starters: 

  • The deep crimson pigmentation that make cranberries so beautiful (also known as anthocyanins) is also the source of disease-fighting antioxidants
  • Cranberries are high in fiber --  1 cup of cranberries contains more than 4 grams of fiber, or about 18 percent of the daily recommended value.  which helps promotes healthy digestion (which may come in hand for the Thanksgiving feast).
  • Crans are a great way to get your Vitamin C and its myriad anti-viral, antibacterial punch -- from teeth and gums support to fighting off the common cold. One cup of whole fruit contains about 18 percent of the daily recommended value.

Here's our favorite way to make cranberry sauce, from the SFMA recipe vault. 

Love cranberries, but not sure about the cooking part? Starvation Alley makes 100% Pure Cranberry Juice from organic cranberries as well as cranberry sauce.