PATRIOT LEDGER.com – More than 300 cranberry growers and their employees, industry leaders and representatives of related businesses attended the the 131st annual meeting of the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association on Wednesday.
Gov. Charlie Baker addressed the meeting and visited a cranberry bog. U.S. Rep. Bill Keating of Bourne received the association’s 2018 legislative leadership award
Sherry Deane of the U.S. Department of Agriculture presented the 2018 cranberry crop forecast, which predicts a harvest of 8.6 million barrels, up 3 percent over last year. The Massachusetts total is projected at almost 1.9 million barrels, down 1 percent.
Cranberries, the state’s largest food crop, has an annual crop value of $68.9 million. The industry provides more than 6,900 jobs and an estimated economic benefit of more than $1.4 billion.
Wisconsin will account for 64 percent of the 2018 crop, followed by Massachusetts at 23 percent, Oregon, New Jersey and Washington.
The growers’ association, which represents more than 325 cranberry growers in southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and Nantucket, has produced interviews of three prominent members from southeastern Massachusetts.
Crimson Tales: Stories from Massachusetts Cranberry Growers is a video library series that explores the memories of life-long cranberry growers working the bogs of Massachusetts. Some growers have been in the business through multiple generations of family farming. The series is sponsored by Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association ( CCCGA), produced by GreenCastle Video Productions. To learn more about CCCGA, visit cranberries.org.