Autumn in the New Jersey Pine Barrens brings the cranberry harvest. Cranberries are not grown underwater contrary to popular belief. Cranberry bogs are only flooded during harvest and over the winter for protection from freezing. During harvest the bogs are flooded and the berries are removed from the vine through mechanical means. A cranberry has hollow chambers within the fruit which allow the fruit to float in water. After removal from the vines, the fruit floats to the top. The fruit is corralled and moved onto a elevator conveyor belt and put into trucks for transport to the processing facility. New Jersey ranks number 3 in cranberry production behind Wisconsin and Massachusetts.
October 17th, 2014
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