Cranberry bogs are slowly flooded during harvest to allow machine water pickers to go in and loosen the berries from the vines.
Like most other farms, Cutts Brothers Cranberries is a family run business, co-owned by Bill Cutts (center) and his brother, Ernest (not pictured).
A riding water picker or water reel — nicknamed “eggbeaters” — go in and churn the water to loosen cranberries from the vines.
SEA OF RED
Donned in rubber waders, cranberry pickers push the cranberries into a yellow pumping station where they are sent to be cleaned.
Once cranberries are pumped out of the bog, they are sent to a cleaning station where debris is washed off.
OFF TO THE STATION
After being cleaned, the cranberries are loaded into trucks to be sent to a receiving station where the grower will get paid based on test weight and color.
RECEIVING THE BERRIES
At the nearby Ocean Spray receiving station, cranberries are dumped into a pool where they will be cleaned and separated for further processing.
Water jets help to move the cranberries from the receiving pools into the adjoining receiving station for cleaning.
CLEANING AND SEPARATING
Cranberries in the receiving station are cleaned and separated with some of the berries going into freezers and some going to Massachusetts to be made into cranberry sauce or other products.
WEIGHING FOR PAYMENT
Cranberry samples are taken from a truck for weight testing and color evaluation. This is an important step for growers to get paid.
Cranberries are a staple item on many Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner tables. According to Ocean Spray, 5.06 million gallons of cranberry sauce are consumed each year during the holidays.