Icing the cranberries

Posted Jan. 04, 2012, at 3:53 p.m.
Tom Walsh | BDN

This week’s blast of bone-chilling Arctic weather was heaven sent for Washington County’s cranberry growers. The small bogs scattered throughout the county are flooded in winter to allow a layer of ice to insulate the dwarf shrubs and vines from damage caused by extreme winter temperatures and harsh winter storms. The six acres of bogs at Lynch Hill Farms on Route 1 in Harrington were flooded earlier this week during the first stretch of sub-freezing weather since the October harvest. The flag is one of many located in each bog to mark the location of aerators used to keep the parcels oxygenated. While yields this fall at some area bogs were good, the price paid by processors was only 30 cents a pound. While not a record low price, it was significantly lower than the 85 cents a pound paid just a few seasons ago.

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