Cranberry Harvest, Rochester MA

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We’re Cranberry County Magazine… you know that we’re going all in on the cranberry harvest.
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Today, we visited the bogs off of Mary’s Pond in Rochester, MA.
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Our sources estimate that there are 70 million cranberries in this picture, enough for 350,000 Cape Codders (given a requisite amount of sugar, of course)…
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Mary’s Pond is an 81 acre pond, 30 deep in places. It, and the various ponds/streams/reservoirs around it, are used to irrigate/flood about a dozen bogs in the area… including this one.
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Once they flood it, they then send in the machines to thresh the berries loose.
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Threshing away…
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The berries float to the surface and are gathered by the workmen.
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They also beautify the region to the point where even a rotten photographer with a shoddy camera-phone gets cool shots.
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This was a two man operation, which is odd. I saw similar bogs being worked by a dozen people.
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Some grass is growing out of the bog, which would eventually make for a cool football field if they maintained it.
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All of these berries get gathered up and sent off to Ocean Spray and what have you.
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… and then the bog looks like this.

A bit of video…

 

 

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