It goes without saying that the favourite fall colour in these parts – is red! With two of the province’s largest commercial producers of cranberries located near Bala, we’re proud to be known as the “Cranberry Capital of Ontario.”
What’s the big deal about cranberries? Not only are they incredibly healthy to eat – chock full of nutrients and anti-oxidants – but they’re also gorgeous, tasty and versatile when it comes to how you can use them.
Think cranberries are only meant as a side sauce for Thanksgiving or Christmas? Consider a visit to one of our local marshes to learn a hundred ways the cranberry is king.
Iroquois Cranberry Growers
Owned and operated by the Wahta Mohawks, and located just off highway 400 near Bala, a visit to the store at Iroquois Cranberry Growers will introduce you to just about everything yummy you can make with a cranberry. From jams to chutneys, fresh frozen berries to pure cranberry juice, be prepared to have your taste buds tantalized when you walk through the doors. Walking trails are also located around the marsh as well, and watch for the harvesting of fresh berries in early October each year.
For more information on the Iroquois Cranberry Growers, including directions to their marsh, click here.
Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh
A family-owned and operated farm, Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh is known as one of the most popular year-round attractions in Muskoka. Offering a huge array of cranberry products in their shop, as well as their signature “From Bog to Bottle Discovery” tour, they also operate an award-winning winery that produces wines from fruits indigenous to Muskoka (the blueberry also grows here) and welcome visitors to use their extensive trail system in all four seasons.
For more information on Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh, including directions to its location, click here.
Visit Iroquois Cranberry Growers and Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh during the Cranberry Festival, and drop by their booths in downtown Bala during the event to check out their incredible products.
The Bala Festival takes place October 17-19, 2014 - always the weekend after Canadian Thanksgiving!