By: Jconnphoto

Oct 09 2010

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Category: Agriculture, Food


Focal Length:17mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 40D


Photo blog day fifty seven, September 9, 2010


What a perfect October day.  We took a family road trip out to eastern MA today to check out the cranberry harvest.  About 3 years ago my husband said he wanted to do this but with the strange weather pattern we had over the last several summers we never seemed to time the trip with the harvest.  We set our minds to going this year so I e-mailed a farm in East Taunton, MA to find out if my extremely curious children would be welcomed there and when they would actually be flooding the bogs.  They said they would be happy to host our family for a visit!  The farm is Spring Rain Farm (click the name to go to their website) on Caswell Drive in East Taunton, MA and they were wonderful.  This is a working family farm who invited us to watch their process and it was exactly what we were hoping for.  There were no attractions or food vendors, no worries about parking or wrestling through a crowd of onlookers to see what was going on.  It was a quiet, almost private, view of the cranberry bogs.  We watched the family and some college interns harvest the Cranberries for about 40 minutes before the kids had enough. Before we left I had a few minutes to hear some quick cranberry trivia

  • Cranberries are native to North America.  The states of Wisconsin, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington, and Michigan produce the majority of U.S. cranberries.  (This was news to me because in the bubble called Massachusetts that I live in I was under the impression that cranberries grew ONLY on Cape Cod).
  • Cranberries do not grow on bushes, they grow on vines that spread out low on the ground.
  • Cranberries start to turn their signature dark red color in September when the nights begin to cool off.
  • Cranberry bogs are flooded at harvest time as a more efficient way of collecting the berries than picking them off the vines.  Cranberries float because they have 4 hollow chambers inside.  Once the berries are knocked off the vine by the water and raking they float to the surface and are scooped or vacuumed up to be brought in for sorting.
  • Massachusetts has 14, 000 acres of bogs that produce cranberries.

3 comments on “Cranberries”

  1. Beautiful!

  2. Breathtaking! My brother subscribes to Country magazine and it is filled with gorgeous photos with scenes similar to this. Your picture is every bit as beautiful as ones that are published in that magazine! Your “eye” and creativity are amazing!

  3. Well thank you!! We had a wonderful time and were lucky to find this farm. The other farms attract tons of people and it’s hard to get a shot without a lot of people in them.

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