Massachusetts Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Southeastern Massachusetts is Cranberry Country. The cranberry is the Bay State's number one agricultural commodity crop, and the region boasts a prestigious cranberry-growing history. In 1816, Captain Henry Hall first cultivated cranberries in Dennis, Massachusetts. Today there are approximately 14,000 acres of commercial cranberry bogs in the state, primarily in Plymouth, Bristol, and Barnstable counties. Since that initial crop, the state has become a leading producer, representing 15 percent of the world's cranberries. Pretty impressive, when you consider that 70 percent of the state's growers are small family farms with less than 20 acres of bogs. Massachusetts residents take immense pride in this heritage: cranberry is the official state berry and color, and cranberry juice cocktail the official state drink. No surprise, then, that this is the home of Ocean Spray’s headquarters, and where the Cooperative can trace its origins—it was formed by growers of three separate cranberry operations—one in South Hanson, Massachusetts; one in Wareham, Massachusetts; and one in New Egypt, New Jersey. Today more than 250 grower farms in Massachusetts are part of the Ocean Spray family. In addition to its headquarters in the Lakeville-Middleboro area, the company has a processing facility in Middleboro and a receiving facility in Carver.