I dropped in at Jenkins Bog, just to see how the berries looked this time of year.
I got to Jenkins’ Bog early on the second day of the harvest…
The eggbeater had left the water floating with as many twigs and leaves as berries, yet the ducks seemed to make it through just fine!
I noticed something new this time; a huge “spindle” wound with long black booms, like the kind fishermen use.
The trucks and equipment were heading to the far end of the bog where the cranberries had settled overnight.
What looked like huge vacuum hoses were rolled out and connected.
The two ends of a floating boom were slowly dragged out…
At last, the two ends of the boom were joined at the main suction point, making the circle complete.
The first cranberry raft was ready for harvesting, and the combination of sunshine, clouds and berries on the water could not have made a more perfect autumn picture for all of us who’d come to watch!
Some were truly adorable.
While one of the workers who’d manned the booms…
The other worker slowly tightened the boom.
From the other side I could see where the leaves and twigs were getting separated from the berries as they were vacuumed up out of the bog.
And as the water was removed from the berries it then got funneled back into the bog. Good recycling!
I could feel the mist on my face…
It was this worker’s job to keep the berries moving efficiently…
As they tumbled forward like a great red waterfall…
Another worker manned the big trailer truck.
This would be the cranberries’ ride to the Ocean Spray processing plant for processing and packaging them for juice and cranberry sauce.
Here is a brief slideshow that shows some of what I found. Such a nice break from the bustle of the berry harvest.
By the time I got back to the trucks, the first load of cranberries had left and everyone had packed up for the day.
The boom spindle had gone quiet, too.
It had been a successful day of harvesting…