Bloom Creek Cranberry Farm
Olympia, Washington

Bloom Creek Cranberries is a small cranberry farm near Olympia, Washington, established by Felix and Kathy Mahr in 1998.

After working around the world, we came back to our native Washington and selected this site for our farm because it has the ideal elements for growing this traditional American fruit.  Cranberries thrive in the warm summer weather, clean sand and abundant water resources found in the glacial-outwash prairies of South Puget Sound.  The bogs have been built in upland pasture from native materials occurring on the property to avoid disturbing on-site wetlands and streams.

We use sustainable farming methods on our purpose-built upland cranberry bogs using soil amendments and carefully timed flooding to minimize the need for agricultural chemicals.  Our Stevens cranberry vines grow bigger, redder and sweeter in the warm South Sound summers than cranberries from the coast.  In autumn the cranberries are picked and sorted using the most gentle methods possible and brought to local markets at the peak of freshness.

Our mission is to provide the highest quality fresh market cranberries locally to people in western Washington.

Farmer’s Market Schedule – Fall 2016

Felix, Monique & KathyWe generally start bringing fresh berries to market around the second week of October, and keep an active presence at the farmer’s markets right up to Thanksgiving weekend. 

For the 2016 season, you can find us at the following Western Washington farmer’s markets: 

Bellingham

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Olympia

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Port Townsend

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Poulsbo

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Ballard

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Capitol Hill

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U-District

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West Seattle

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Tacoma (Proctor)

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Cranberries are at the peak of Freshness and Quality in October and early November

cranberry (1)Cranberries freeze great for use in recipes all year around.  They don’t stick together when freezing, so no need to freeze separately on a cookie sheet.

Freeze ’em while their fresh, then get your healthy smoothies on all year around like we do!

We offer discounts on tote-size
quantities and above (25 lbs.) 


DSCF7871_cContact us ahead of time for pick up at your local farmers market.

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Email:  felix@bloomcreekcranberries.com

Phone: (360) 956-9630

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News From The Farm

 

DryPicked KeepersIt was a long, hot summer here in Olympia.  We had some thirsty cranberries!  I think we had more than 3 weeks with highs 90 degrees or hotter.  We thought we might have to pick early, like the grape growers.   Fortunately, fruit development slowed right down in the autumn and fruit quality is excellent this year.

We have been busy with our new bogs, which are starting to produce berries now, the 3rd year after planting.  Our big 3-acre Stevens bog is planted from genetically-tested Wisconsin vines, and is supposed to be 94% true-to-type.  The fruit look a little rounder than our original bog of Washington-sourced Stevens vines.  Fruit quality, size and taste are excellent. The Washington Stevens diverged over generations from the original Stevens, and are only 40% true-to-type. They have a slightly more oblong fruit.

The yield from new Stevens bog is still very low, but should zoom next year.  It sure is hard to harvest with our dry-picker, because the vines have never been trained and grow every which direction.  It is like trying to comb tangled hair, and yes, we are pulling some out by the roots.  No pain, no gain.  Next year should be more fun.

We are excited by our new, 0.7-acre Willapa Red bog.  It is a new variety recently released by the Washington State University Long Beach Experiment Station that has been especially bred for fresh market use.  It is supposed to be a great keeper.  The berries are smaller and crunchy, with noticeably thicker skins.  They have a strong flavor and maybe more red pigment than other varieties.  I think connoisseurs of fresh cranberries will be intrigued.   Unfortunately, we had to prune this bog in the spring to get enough cuttings to complete our planting and the remaining fruit are too low to the ground for our picker.  We are picking some by hand for our domestic use (yumm, but so sorry).   Next year our customers will have a choice of cranberry varieties.

Our original Stevens berries are on the left, and Willapa Red berries are on the right.

 Stvns_L vs WillapaRed Stvns_L vs WillapaRed_r

Please come see us at the Markets.  Our cranberries are packed with anti-oxidants, bioflavenoids and anthocyanins.  Straight from your local Puget Sound cranberry farm.