A Huge Cranberry Bog Has Taken Over Union Station

The public is welcome to visit the bog and learn about the health benefits of cranberries.

Ocean Spray has set up a large cranberry bog in front of Union Station in an effort to educate DC about the health benefits of cranberries. It is the first time the bog has come to the District. Photographs by Melissa Romero.

A cranberry bog is currently taking up space in front of Union Station, and the folks at Ocean Spray want you to hop on in.

Passersby stood by the 25-foot-wide bog this afternoon, struck by the curious sight. It’s all part of Ocean Spray’s mission to promote the power of the cranberry, which is one of three native-grown fruits in the United States, along with blueberries and the Concord grape.

“We wanted to help bring the beauty of the harvest and educate [DC] a little bit about the health properties it can offer us,” cranberry grower Jim Bible told Well+Being while in the bog. Bible is a cranberry grower in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, and is one of the three cranberry growers at the DC bog.

Cranberries contain a wealth of vitamin C and are often said to help maintain urinary tract health. Research also shows they provide cardiovascular health benefits.

The DC bog contains 2,000 pounds of cranberries—which Bible says is “tiny.” A typical bog spans about four acres and is 150 feet wide and 1,230 feet long.

Visitors are welcome visit the bog today and Wednesday from 8 to 4. Growers are on hand to chat about the cranberry.

*Editor’s note: This article has been updated from a previous version.