Wednesday, November 14, 2007

cranberry harvest

The other day while driving to our walk along the Fraser River, we passed these cranberry harvesters.

Here is the harvest process as described by the Canadian Cranberry site:

During harvest, many growers flood their bogs causing cranberries, which have small air pockets in the center, to rise. Growers then use water-reel harvesting machines to loosen cranberries from their vine causing them to float on top of the water. These machines look like miniature combines with cylindrical spool-shaped metal beaters attached to the front. After floating to the top, berries are corralled onto conveyers to waiting trucks which take them to receiving stations and eventually processing plants where they are used for juice, sauce, and other processed foods.


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