David Popp said that his farm has had a good year for cranberries. They’ve already harvested 36,000 pounds and have an estimated 30,000 or 40,000 left to collect. Cranberry fields are only flooded at harvest time. They pump about six inches of water into the field, then run a water wheel machine through it to knock the berries loose. More water is added and then the berries are gathered behind floating booms and pumped through a washer to clean debris and leaves off before they end up in truck. Popp said that the berries are sent to Decas Cranberry Services in Carver, Mass. where they’re squeezed to make juice concentrate. Then the skins are turned into craisins, the seeds are pressed for oil and the pulp is made into nutricuticals like cranberry pills.
 


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