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Every autumn, picturesque view is created when the deep reds of the cultivated cranberries mix with the reds, purples, yellows and oranges of the surrounding fall foliage. South eastern massachusetts is always competing with Wisconsin(Current Leader) for number one spot for Cranberry production. Cranberries are a low-growing vine native to the bogs and sandy plains of New England, and are a close relative of the blueberry.
Although cranberries were well known by Native Americans and the early settlers, they were not cultivated as an agricultural crop until 1816. On Route 28, Route 58 and federal furnace road, numerous bogs are located on both side of the road. That is the reason Route 28 is called Cranberry Highway. Local co-op Ocean spray handles most of the small growers. A. D. Makepeace is the largest cranberry farming company and Decas is an innovative private grower with over 500 acres of bogs. Altogether 500 farmers produce over 1.5 million barrels of Cranberry every year. Come to Wareham on Columbusday Weekend to enjoy Cranberry Festival, Celebrated every year at 158 Tihonet Road, Wareham, MA.

The cranberry harvest starts mid-September and continues until early november. Cranberry harvesting has evolved over time. They were first harvested by hand. Some time later, pickers used wooden scoops to comb through the vines and lift off the berries. Today's growers use two methods for harvesting: dry harvesting and wet harvesting.

Dry Harvesting:
To dry harvest cranberries, growers use a mechanical picker that looks like a giant lawnmower. The picker's moving metal teeth comb the berries off the vine and deposit them in a receptacle at the back of the machine in a bag like grass catcher.
Wet Harvesting:
A grower floods the dry bog with up to eighteen inches of water. The next day, water reels, or "egg beaters", loosen the berries from the vines. Since cranberries contain pockets of air,(Cranberry is lighter than water so it floats) freed berries float to the surface of the water. Then Cranbarrier™ is placed at perimeter of lagoon and squeezed into circular or oval shape towards the collecting bank. Cranbarrier™ is a high-tech geotextile fabric device. It is lightweight and easy to use. It will always float at the perfect depth to corral the berries.Then Cranberry is vaccumed into the tractor trailor to haul it to processing plant where it is washed and packaged for sale.

The Cranberry Harvest Outlook for 2005
  • Wisconsin........3.670 million barrel
  • Massachusetts....1.700 million barrel
  • Oregon...........0.515 million barrel
  • New Jersey.......0.434 million barrel
  • Washington.......0.175 million barrel
    Source: USDA forecast

    Click here to see the tools used in Cranberry farming

    Click here to see the Virtual Tour of Cranberry Bog by Ocean Spray™

    Click here to see the pictures of Cranberry Bog

    You must see all the exhibits, new favorite dried fruit, the Craisin, made from dehydrated cranberries coated with little sugar, videos and photographs at exhibit in Plymouth.
    Cranberry World Visitors Center
    225 Water Street, Plymouth, MA (508) 747-2350

    Health Benefits:
    Cranberries contain bacteria-blocking compounds that are believed to be helpful in preventing urinary tract infections, and scientists now think this same function may be useful in blocking the bacteria responsible for ulcers and certain oral bacteria that can lead to gum disease. Current research indicates that approximately 10 ounces of cranberry juice cocktail is needed daily to achieve the bacteria-blocking benefits that ward off UTIs, ulcers and gum disease.
    Click here to read more

    Click here to read Cranberry 101

    Blueberry & Cranberry for sale at following Farms in Wareham

    Coyne Bog Blues

    Linda & Paul Rinta, 34 N. Carver Rd. Wareham, MA 02571
    Phone: (508) 295-3254,
    Description: 30-year-old family farm offering the total "Blueberry picking experience" for adults and children.
    Primary Product: blueberries
    Pick Your Own: Blueberries mid-July through August 8 am - 5 pm 7 days per week. Other Distribution Methods: Berries may be picked to order. Call for more information.
    School & Youth Tours: By arrangement.
    Decas Cranberry Products
    John Decas
    Other Contact: Carol Gifune
    219 Main St. Wareham, MA 02571
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    Phone: (508) 295-0147 Fax: (508) 291-1417
    Description: Contract cranberry growers since 1934. 500 acres of whole cranberries grown for sale and for on-premisis processing into value added products.
    Primary Product: cranberries
    Value Added Product: Frozen cranberries, sweetened and dried cranberries, concentrated and powdered cranberry juice
    Supermarket: Shaw's, Stop & Shop, and other local supermarkets.
    Wholesale: Cape Cod Provisions and others. Call for more information.
    Nessralla Farm & Greenhouse
    Saba Nessralla, 177 Sandwich Road, P.O. Box 3122 Wareham, MA 02571
    Phone: (508) 295-0105 Fax: (508) 295-0110
    Description: 20 years growing fruits, vegetables and bedding plants on 5 acres and in 3 greenhouses.
    Primary Product: strawberries, sunflowers, zucchini, vegetables, flowers Farmstand: Open May through October 1, 8 am - 6 pm daily.
    The Blueberry Patch
    Douglas & Donna Truran, 155 Glen Charlie Road, P.O. Box 2 East Wareham, MA 02538
    Phone: (508) 295-9289
    Description: Blueberry bushes planted 68 years ago with many heirloom varieties including Pioneer and Rubels blueberries. These varieties are reported to contain higher amounts of cancer-fighting antioxidants compared to moder blueberry varieties.
    Primary Product: blueberries
    Pick Your Own: Blueberries July and August 7 days per week mornings only 9 am - 12 pm. Bring containers.
    School & Youth Tours:Special needs class visits by arrangement.
    Willows Cranberries
    Roseann DeGrenier, 2667 Cranberry Highway Wareham, MA 02571
    Phone: (508) 295-9990 Fax: (508) 295-5085
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    Description: A family owned business dedicated to growing and producing the freshest, most flavorful cranberries and cranberry products to the industry for domestic and foreign use.
    Primary Product: cranberries
    Value Added Product: fresh, frozen cranberries in bulk sizes and for individual sale with private labels, sweet & dried cranberries, cranberry trail mixes, cranberry-maple syrup, cranberry-orange syrup, cranberry jelly
    Farmstand: Can pick-up fresh cranberries at farm during harvest season. Call before coming.
    Supermarket: Trucchi's locations in MA.
    Restaurant: Call for more information.
    Retail Stores: Products sold in many gourmet retail stores throughout MA. Call for more information.
    Wholesale: Call for more information.
    Other Distribution Methods: Mail order, web sales and special deliveries. Seasonal Events & Festivals: Participate in the Cranberry Harvest Festival (Eaterville, MA) in October.
    Flax Pond Cranberry Company
    1 Robbins Path, P.O. Box 270, Carver, MA 02330
    Telephone: (508) 866-2162
    Directions: Pond Street in Carver, off South Meadow Road and Center Street.
    Essence of the farm: Family owned and operated farm for 34 years. Specialize in cranberries and expanding into Christmas tree market with 3000 maturing trees. On farm store selling cranberries and a variety of cranberry products open September 21 through October 31. Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 am - 4 pm. Monday - Thursday 11 am - 4 pm. Choose fresh cut trees From Thanksgiving through X-Mas Friday, Saturday
    Hiller Cranberries, Inc. & East Over Farm
    265 Mary's Pond Road, Rochester, MA 02770
    Telephone: office: (508) 763-5257, Farm stand: (508) 763-4480
    Directions: Interstate 195 to exit 20 for Marion. Go north on Rte. 105 to Rochester Center. Make a u-turn onto Mary's Pond Road. About 1 mile to big yellow farm buildings. Go left into Hiller Road and take 1st driveway on the right to the farm stand.
    Essence of the farm: Family owned and operated farm since 1908. Growing blueberries, cranberries, and other crops on 350 acres of land. Selling fruits and vegetables at farm stand May through November 9 am - 5/6 pm, 7 days per week.

  • The Atlantic Motel
    Route 6 East & 28 South, 7 Depot Street
    East Wareham, MA 02538
    Phone: (508)-295-0210
    (508)-291-2709, (508)-291-2791 Fax: (508)-295-7864

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