To help support the farm, we had an opportunity through Ocean Spray to get into cranberries. So, in 1997, we converted 70 acres used for corn, into 5 square shaped cranberry bogs.
In the spring, temperature probes in the fields will automatically turn on water sprinklers when it drops below freezing to protect the forming buds.
The low creeping cranberry vines are pruned every year with a special pruning machine.
Pollination needs to happen in June & July. To accomplish this, we rent bee hives that are placed in the bogs. It takes 3 hives per acre, with approximately 25,000 bees per hive. That's about 5 million bees!