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Bringing in the cranberry harvest
The red tide is in. But this one won't make you sick.
Every fall, Mayberry Farms floods its 170 acres of cranberry vines in south Burnaby, so crews of labourers can shake the cranberries to a soft, soggy landing, creating a colourful red sea between Marine Way and the Fraser River. The berries are then corralled with booms to be loaded by conveyors into hopper trucks for transport to the processing plant. Cranberries harvested this way are destined for juice and sauces. Fresh cranberries are harvested dry.
Cranberries are one of BC's largest berry crops; the 70 million pounds produced annually represents 95 per cent of the cranberries grown in Canada. BC is the largest producer of cranberries after Massachusetts and Wisconsin.