If you love fall in New England then you won’t want to miss Ocean Spray’s fourth annual Fall Harvest Celebration at Patriot Place on Saturday, Oct. 19. The all-day event is free, open to the public, and perfect for families looking to experience a wide variety of fall fun. The celebration begins at 10 a.m. with the Ocean Spray Cranberry Harvest at the cranberry bog behind Bass Pro Shops.
“This is our fourth year celebrating the Fall Harvest of the Ocean Spray cranberry bog and it is always a great day for families to come to Patriot Place and enjoy the wonderful natural setting we have here behind Bass Pro Shops,” said Patriot Place General Manager Brian Earley. “Hayrides, apples, cool music and outdoor activities with such a New England feel make the Harvest Festival one of my favorite events of our year at Patriot Place.”
Dormant for years, the bog was brought back to life by Ocean Spray, which harvested it for the first time at Patriot Place in 2011. The 2013 harvest will be open for public viewing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and offers families a great photo opportunity while Ocean Spray cranberry farmers harvest the fruit of their labor.
“Witnessing the beauty of the cranberry harvest is a truly unique experience,” said Thano Chaltas, Vice President and Chief Global Marketing Officer, Ocean Spray Global. “The Harvest Celebration allows us to share this experience with the local community and showcases how the growers within the Ocean Spray cooperative take pride in delivering fruit to families around the world, so everyone can enjoy the exceptional cranberry every day, everywhere, every way.”
Other fall activities throughout the day include hay rides behind Bass Pro Shops, pumpkin and face painting, live music, a baby animal farm featuring goats, bunnies, piglets, ducklings and much more.
“We are pleased to host the fourth annual Fall Harvest Festival behind our store,” said Walter Grammer, general manager of Foxborough’s Bass Pro Shops at Patriot Place. “This event is a terrific way for individuals and families alike to enjoy something unique to New England – harvesting cranberries. Special interactive events will make this a very special day of education and celebration. Our thanks go out to Ocean Spray and Patriot Place for their partnership in delivering another premier event for our guests to enjoy.”
Planning to visit the bog? Upload your photos to Instagram and Twitter, tagging @OceanSprayInc, or Facebook. Then keep the conversation going with the hashtag #cranberrylife. Searching for ideas for how to incorporate the fruit into meals, from breakfast to lunch to dinner – or anytime in between? Visit www.oceanspray.com.
Fall Harvest Celebration Schedule of Events
Ocean Spray Cranberry Harvest
(10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) Stop by Patriot Place’s Ocean Spray cranberry bog behind Bass Pro Shops and learn how to harvest cranberries.
Build-A-Bog Kids Activity
(11 a.m. – noon) Build your own bog and learn about harvesting cranberries behind Bass Pro Shops.
A Taste of Patriot Place
(2 p.m. – 4 p.m.) Patriot Place’s restaurants will offer free samples of menu items highlighting New England’s favorite Fall fruit, the cranberry.
The Artist’s Studio and Gallery PAINT OUT
(11 a.m. – 2 p.m.) Join the Artist’s Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place for a Paint Out located next to Fanautical.
Noon (while supplies last) Decorate your very own pumpkin located outside of Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro.
Live Music: Scarlett Drive
(Noon – 1:30 p.m.) Listen to the music of Scarlett Drive on the festival stage located outside of Dunkin’ Donuts.
(Noon – 4 p.m.) Join Patriot Place behind Bass Pro Shops for the perfect fall family fun activity - free hay rides – on the way to experiencing the Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog, which was recently featured on Chronicle “Hidden Treasures.”
Baby Animal Farm
(Noon – 4 p.m.) Bring the family by Patriot Place’s Baby Animal Farm, located next to 5Wits! (across from Fanautical) to interact with a baby lamb, piglet, goats, chicks, ducklings and baby bunnies. There will be an attendant on hand to answer any questions you may have about these adorable baby animals.
(Noon – 4 p.m.) Visit Patriot Place’s face painting friends around the complex and see what kind of fall-themed art they can come up with!
(Noon – 4 p.m.) Come bounce around all afternoon in Patriot Place’s bounce houses located outside of Red Robin.
(2 – 4 p.m.) Join Patriot Place at the temporary activity center across from Green Tangerine and Davio’s for traditional fall crafts like leaf rubbings and more!
Live Music: The Hit List
(2 – 4 p.m.) Listen to the music of The Hit List on the festival stage located outside of Dunkin’ Donuts in the North Marketplace.
A Healthful Fruit from a Good Place
Can’t visit the bog?
Don’t worry! Visitors of all ages can still learn about the cranberry’s rich
heritage. Below are some fun facts about the cranberry:
- Cranberries are one of only three native fruits cultivated in the United States.
- Contrary to popular belief, cranberries do not grow in water. They grow on vines in beds layered with sand, peat, gravel and clay. These beds, commonly known as "bogs," were originally made by glacial deposits.
- In addition to Massachusetts, the major growing areas for cranberries are New Jersey, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin, the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Quebec, and Chile.
- Cranberries are naturally low in sugar. They are fat-free, cholesterol-free and a good source of fiber.
- The power of the cranberry centers on its well-documented urinary tract health benefits and emerging heart health properties.
- Americans consume 400 million pounds of cranberries a year; 80 million pounds during Thanksgiving week.
- This year, 80 percent of the cranberries harvested will be consumed in North America; the rest will be shipped overseas where the cranberry is gaining popularity.
- It takes 4,400 pressed cranberries to make one gallon of cranberry juice.
ABOUT PATRIOT PLACE
Patriot Place is a shopping, dining and entertainment destination located adjacent to Gillette Stadium on Route 1 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Patriot Place features large and boutique retailers, 17 casual to high-end restaurants and other nightlife venues. Among Patriot Place’s other highlights are a 14-screen Showcase Cinema De Lux, the award-winning Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon, a Brigham & Women’s/Mass General Health Care Facility, and a four-star Renaissance Hotel & Spa. For more information, visit www.patriot-place.com, follow Patriot Place on Twitter (twitter.com/patriotplace) or like Patriot Place on Facebook (facebook.com/patriotplace).
ABOUT OCEAN SPRAY
Ocean Spray is a vibrant agricultural cooperative owned by more than 700 cranberry and grapefruit growers in the United States, Canada, and Chile who have helped preserve the family farming way of life for generations. Formed in 1930, Ocean Spray is now the world’s leading producer of cranberry juices, juice drinks and dried cranberries, and is the best-selling brand in the bottled juice category. The cooperative’s cranberries are currently featured in more than 1,000 great-tasting, good-for-you products in over 50 countries worldwide. With more than 2,000 employees and nearly 20 cranberry receiving and processing facilities, Ocean Spray is committed to managing our business in a way that respects our communities, employees and the environment. In fiscal year 2012, Ocean Spray posted record-high gross sales of $2.2 billion and net proceeds of $338 million.