Friday, September 10, 2010

Where Do Cranberries Come From? - Postcard Friendship Friday #28

Have you ever wondered where Cranberries come from?  We were traveling across country to a performance when I noticed hundreds of little ponds along the highway.  When we inquired as to what  the ponds were used for, we were told about cranberries.

Each Fall, lowland bogs where the cranberries grow, are flooded.  The berries are knocked from the plants, with "eggbeaters," causing them to float on the surface of the water.  Then the berries are loaded onto trucks by conveyor belts for transportation to a processing plant near Long Beach, Washington.  The first planting of cultivated cranberries in the state was near that location, in 1883.

Another interesting note, we were walking on Long Beach in Washington State, when I told my husband-to-be, nearly 30 years ago, I loved him for the first time!

Happy Postcard Friendship  Friday!

To see more mailboxes and all things postal, visit Gemma at Greyscale Territory for Weekend Mailbox.


13 comments:

www.dakotaboo.com said...

Nice card and lovely story. Happy PFF.

Sheila said...

Wow! I had absolutely no idea! I don't know that I ever really thought where they come from, but I suppose I imagined bushes like red currants or something.

And now you have a special link with cranberries. :)

pfranzme said...

I live a little over 2hours from some MAJOR cranberry bogs in Tomah, WI. I believe they have connections to Ocean Spray.

Dorincard said...

Berry good memories for you...:)

Paula said...

Happy Friday, Beth. The first time ever "heard" the story, I thought I was being spoofed! So I went in search of the truth ... such an interesting and fascinating way of harvesting that tiny berry! I LOVE cranberries!

Mary said...

For some reason, I thought all cranberries came from Maine. Perhaps I assumed this because of the pilgrims? In any case, I learned something new today!

MuseSwings said...

Cranberries! They taste as bright as they look. I got my cranberry bog lesson while visiting the Boston area many years ago.

viridian said...

Hi Beth, and happy PFF! I've posted on random hearts also.

Snap said...

Fall is coming and so are the cranberries! Fun, colorful card. Happy PFF!

Debs said...

great post - fascinating information and a lovely bit of romance too! happy PFF!

Bob of Holland said...

Good to know where the cranberries come from. The picture with all those berries is fascinating. And keep making romantic walks along the beach. Very good for the heart.

Postcardy said...

Interesting card. I've never seen a cranberry bog.

Lyneen said...

I think it is amazing how cranberries are harvested... great post! Thanks for Sharing... Happy PFF