The final cranberries were sorted this week, and the last packages sold at Bishop’s Orchards on Dec. 23rd. All our berries were first sorted by the traditional ‘bounce machine method’ then hand sorted to eliminate soft berries. Since they are perishable, it is important that we sort carefully as we package, just before being offered for sale.
This year’s crop quality suffered because of the extra wet conditions during August and Sept., which resulted in extra hand work to sort and grade the berries, as well as decreased yields of salable fruit. On my next posts, we’ll follow the trail of the ‘2nds’ into other byproducts!
We look forward to growing next years crop, with harvesting starting in early October 2019.