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A few years ago my husband surprised me by fulfilling one of my many, lifelong dreams… a chance to harvest cranberries! I won’t go into the whole exciting story about the experience but I thought I would share a few pictures with you. Farm life suits me so well. I just love it! The type of harvesting that we did was called “wet harvesting” That is why I am standing knee-deep in water. hehe
Harvesting begins the day before the farmer actually collects the berries as he pumps water into the cranberry fields, up to about 18 inches. These bogs are impermeable, specifically created with layers of various growing mediums–so flooding them is not difficult. Once flooded the farmer drove a machine around, fondly called ‘egg beaters’ which were used to agitate the waters. This process separates the cranberries from their vines. Because cranberries grow with a little pocket of air inside them, they float. All loosened berries then come to the surface of the water.
This is where our hard labor came into play. We were handed what I refer to as “long-handled squeegees”. With those, we had to corral the cranberries to one end of the field. Cranberries were then vacuumed up a conveyor belt and dumped into trucks to be shipped off to the processing plant. Here is a fun tip… You can tell a good berry by its vibrant red color as well as its bounce-ability. Quality berries are firm and springy and bounce. Who knew?!
This was an amazing experience. Thank you sweetheart for always making my dreams come true!
My husband was pretty insistent that I share with you all just how wonderfully this cheese pairs with the Flaky ” Club” Crackers. He should know… he ate them ALL! lol It just tickled me pink.
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