Since my last post we've definitely left our unusually long, sunny summer behind. That first weekend that it started raining, we headed to the Coast with our friend Caitlin to pick cranberries. It was a very soggy day, but it was still fun.
Do you know much about cranberries? Well, I certainly didn't. All I knew of cranberries was the pictures of flooded cranberry bogs--that, and the prepackaged bags of berries we buy at the grocery stores. Long Beach has a fairly significant cranberry industry. Mom found a farm that offered u-pick cranberries. When we got there we found that both the u-pick and pre-picked berries were offered on a complete honor system.
|Those bins are full of berries. For six dollars, you're welcome to take a gallon bag of them.|
|"Pick. Weigh. Pay. Enjoy." Honor system u-pick.|
|Cranberries peeking out from the vines.|
|Our u-pick harvest.|
|Pre-picked for the taking.|
One strange thing about this farm. We had to walk through this band of holly trees to get to the cranberry field, and for some reason the owners had chosen to decorate it with strange statues and this rocking chair. I didn't feel like photographing the statues, but I thought the chair looked interesting.
All the cranberries float to the surface, so that they can be gathered together and drawn out of the water.
It was a fun trip, and I certainly learned a thing or two about cranberries. Now we have a nice store of them in the freezer. Thanks, Caitlin, for going with us!