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Following are some photos I took today of cranberries being harvested in southern New Jersey. The harvest starts in October and usually lasts until the beginning of November.

First the cranberry fields are flooded with water. Then the ripe cranberries are separated from their plants with the use of machines called “egg beaters”. The berries, which have four air sacks, inside float on the water and are corralled as shown below.

Ripe cranberries corralled.
Workers direct them toward a conveyor belt which transports the berries toward a machine separating them into good ones for further processing and bad ones to be discarded.
Ripe cranberries on the right are loaded into a truck that will take them to an Ocean Spray processing plant.
Cranberries falling into truck container.

While driving toward the town of Chatsworth, the center of New Jersey cranberry industry, I noticed some bright red colors beyond the pine trees lining the highway.

Red cranberries beyond the trees.

Coming closer to the red areas, I saw a lot of cranberries on the ground.

Cranberries on the ground.
Discarded cranberries?
Discarded cranberries?

They may be cranberries discarded by the Ocean Spray processing plant, but I have no way of confirming that. In past years, when a season brought in too many cranberries, growers are legally allowed by the Capper-Volstead Act to dump part of their crops to keep cranberry prices stable.