Chatsworth, NJ 08019
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Where do cranberries come from?
I live on the buffer-zone edge of the Pinelands National Reserve. Just minutes from my house are one-million acres of some of the richest biodiversity on earth. One of our favorites around the winter holidays is cranberries. New Jersey is one of the largest producers in the world. We use the wet-harvesting method here. Men line up in hip waders and push machines that look like giant lawnmowers. They gently beat the berries off the low-growing plants and then the berries float to the top. Then they are scooped into trucks where they are whisked off to the nearby Ocean Spray plant. Workers sort the berries for quality and then separate them again for juice, sauce, and bagging for those of you who, like my wife, make cranberry relish. The one-trillion gallon Cohansey aquafir, another Pinelands treasure, feeds water to these bogs to ensure the freshest, best-tasting cranberries in the world.
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