US cranberry harvest disappoints small growers

Blueberries aren’t the only crop that suffered from the hot, dry summer. Cranberries are facing challenges as well, according to area growers in mid-harvest.

“The weather’s been a real challenge,” said Lynch Hill Farms’ Courtney Hammond, echoing what other growers were reporting. “I’m gonna say my volume’s not as big as it could be.”

That said, Hammond noted his berries were showing “good color” as the harvest began at the Harrington farm. And, while the number of barrels might not be all he hoped for, Hammond said he still expects to harvest 12,000 to 14,000 pounds, with wholesale prices seeing only a “little bit” of an increase to cover the minimum wage increase.



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