Throwback Thursday: The Cranberry Harvest

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 @ 12:22 PM

One of the oldest and most successful industries in Massachusetts is the cranberry industry. The tart berry, known best for its juice and as a fixture on the Thanksgiving table, has been farmed in bogs on the cape and on the south coast since settlers first arrived to the area. Here is a group of farmers collecting cranberries the old way, before technology made their job easier, and prettier.


These days cranberry collection is done by flooding a cranberry bog and using a machine to shake the berries free and letting the buoyant fruit rise up to the top of the water. Once the berries are on top of the water they are easier to capture by hand or by a sorting machine. This method makes the harvest easier and faster, and the image of the red berries sitting on top of the water is iconic for the area and the season.

Are you a cranberry farmer? Do you have a pictures or stories of harvesting berries over the decades? We would love to see and hear your stories. Share them with us at Wicked Local Media Solutions or tweet us @WLMediaSolution.

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