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Cranberry Harvest
Annie Walker says that cranberries are one of the most important fruits in America. The cranberry is a Native American plant and was growing here long before the first settlers arrived from Europe. Annie’s family tie to cranberries dates back before the American Revolution. Today she keeps that tradition alive by growing cranberries on her Annie’s Crannies farm in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts and Wisconsin are the country’s primary cranberry producing areas. The bright red fruit is grown in bogs and harvested each fall. The “wet” method of harvesting has workers flooding the fields and then scooping off the fruit which floats in the water. The “dry” method is done with a machine that works its way through the plant’s thick branches, pulling the fruit off the vines.

 

 

Links
Annie's Crannies
Massachusetts Farm Bureau
Massachusetts Department of Agriculture


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