Food Field Trips » Harvesting Cranberries
Rain or shine, wet harvesting cranberries from bog-to-truck is a hands-on seasonal process and when the berries are ready, it's time to harvest. The fresh berries you see in a market are dry harvested. For juices, jams and sauces, the beds are flooded, berries are loosened from vines and float to the surface. Long-time bog owner (and silent observer) Bill Couto watched from the sidelines, electing RJ Collette to do the talking, as the crew corralled and uploaded 40,000 pounds of berries per truck! You're going to feel really good about that next glass of juice.
Bill Couto has grown cranberries for over 40 years. From his original 5 acres of bogs, his company, Wm. Couto Cranberries, now encompasses 150 acres. We met Bill just in time for the Fall 2010 harvest at one of his locations in East Taunton, MA, and watched as his crew diligently took us through their wet-harvesting process, with Bill in constant attendance. The quality of his cranberries is well known in the Southeastern Massachusetts area and Bill has achieved a great life-long reputation for operating meticulously kept and environmentally conscientious bogs.