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Annie's Crannies

Address

36 Scarsdale Road
P.O. Box 522
Dennis, MA 02638

Contact Information

Web: www.anniescrannies.com

Farm Offerings

  • Please visit our web site for a list and description of our products.
  • Fresh (dry picked) Howes variety cranberries, gift boxes, cook books and jams. 
  • Bogside honey, beeswax candles, and beeswax and honey soaps.
  • All products are made by Annie and are by products of the farm.
  • Historical tours are given on the weekends in season. Private/group tours available by appointment. No buses.
  • The gift shop/ barn itself is a cranberry museum and is filled with working antique harvesting machinery and equipment.

About the Farm

Owned and operated by Annie Walker, Annie’s Crannies is located in historic Dennis Village, the birth place of cultivated cranberries. Cranberries have been a part of her family's long Cape tradition. The area was originally tended to by the Nobscussett Indians, then by John Hall in 1630, in 1816 Henry Hall accidentally discovered the process of cultivating cranberries. Henry discovered his crop increased after a storm blew native sands over his bog.  This event inspired Mr. Hall to experiment with the cultivation of the native fruit. He moved his cows to a bog that was not producing very well, he called it Molly’s Pasture. Dennis remained the cranberry cultivation center until 1850 when other cape towns joined in.  The land was handed down to Luther Hall, and then to Charles Hall.  In 1911 Ben Walker, Annie’s grandfather, purchased the bogs from Charles Hall. He worked them from 1911 to 1959.  
  
Decades passed and in 1994, Annie decided to change her career as a Broadway production wardrobe supervisor.  She wanted to "come home" and try her hands (knees and back) at the tradition of growing cranberries.  After an exhaustive search and negotiation, she acquired the Dennis bog formerly owned by her grandfather.  Amazingly the plot plan still had Ben's Bog and Molly's Pasture clearly labeled.  As fate would have it, she has a nephew Ben and a niece Molly who have already helped plant, weed, and pick the bog.

The farm shows the dry picking form of cultivation and has working antique separators and equipment.  You can also learn about how Annie turns the bees “kiss” of the cranberry blossom into spun honey, bees wax candles and other goodies.

Hours of Operation

Open Saturdays & Sundays 9am-5pm, with tours at 11am, starting Columbus Day weekend through the first weekend in November. Orders are available in season and while supplies last.

Driving Directions

Once on CAPE COD: In the Dennis Village, the heart of Cape Cod, heading East on  Route 6A, turn left on Nobscusett Road and following the Annie’s Crannies signs, turn right on Whig Street, and then left on Scarsdale Road.

Once on CAPE COD: Heading West on Route  6A, turn right on Corporation Road, and following the Annie’s Crannies signs, turn left on to Whig Street and turn right on Scarsdale Road.