Cranberries growing in a field
Today is Thanksgiving in Canada. We are celebrating Nature's autumn bounty so it seemed fitting that I post about harvesting cranberries.
Two weekends ago, my husband and I visited Johnston's Cranberry Marsh in Muskoka Lakes, Ontario.
A field of cranberries
If you are like me, you thought cranberries grow under water. Actually, farmers flood the fields to make them easier to harvest.
Cranberries floating in water
Cranberries float because each berry has four chambers filled with air.
Once the fields are flooded with water, this is the rig that the does the picking. You can click HERE to see the post I did last year that shows how it works.
Harvested cranberries ware placed in the hopper. As the berries go up, vines and leaves are left behind.
As the berries come down the other side, they dry and move inside to be sorted.
Sorting table (I'm not sure what this is called, but that's what happens here)
This photo was taken through a glass window. Nobody was there when I took the photo, perhaps because it was lunchtime.
Bagged and ready for sale
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