Rep. Cutler Hosts Cranberry Day
Hoping to spread the word about the importance of our local cranberry industry, State Rep. Josh Cutler hosted a cranberry tour for legislators this week. The event was co-sponsored by the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association.
“The cranberry industry is one of the oldest sustainable farming traditions in Massachusetts and remains a vital crop for our economy, especially in this region,” said Rep. Cutler. “This event was a great way to help spread the word to legislators around the state that cranberries are a thriving industry and we want continue to help support them.”
Rep. Cutler was joined by a number of legislative colleagues, some from “cranberry country” but others from distant areas of the state, including Berkshire and Hampshire counties. Participants put on waders and learned first-hand about the wet picking process and were also able to get an aerial view of the bogs. Everyone left with a small sample and a new appreciation for cranberries.
Thanks in part to recent state agricultural innovation grants many area cranberry growers have been able fund major equipment and technology upgrades which in turn has help boost cranberry yields dramatically. Massachusetts ranks second in the nation in cranberry production with more than 14,000 acres, representing nearly 30% of the U.S cranberry crop.
The Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association represents more than 325 growers throughout all of Southeastern Massachusetts and helps support and enhance the industry though research and advocacy.