I have worked here in Cranberry Country for 10 years and this is the first year I’ve actually gotten to photograph a cranberry harvest in progress. It didn’t happen by accident, either. My co-worker, Donna, gave me a heads up so on the way home from work yesterday Dale and I took the scenic route. We were not disappointed.
These bogs are wet harvested, which basically means that they flood the bog with water.
Use these machines to free the cranberries from the vines.
And then gather up the cranberries with these floating rubber thingies.
Those are technical cranberry harvest terms, in case you were wondering.
Okay, I may not know much about how it actually works but I do know that it makes for excellent photo opportunities. And I also know that cranberries that are wet harvested are used for juice and sauce.
Do you know what that means? It means that you’ll think about this post the next time you buy a bottle of cranberry juice!