Maine Cranberry Bogs?

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EJ
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Maine Cranberry Bogs?

Does DownEast Maine, have any cranberry harvesting like that which goes on in Cape Cod?

I know we have some cool high bush berries, but just looking for something a little red, and do not wish to drive all the way to Ted's neck of the woods.

Besides more fun to explore a Maine farm.

Ed

Bob MacGregor
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There are a couple of cranberry bogs downeast along Route 1, I think if you go to the *gasp* State of Maine website, you could find them through the Dept of Ag website.

ItchyBeaver
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First time this year, saw some Maine grown cranberries in Hannafords, so I bought them. I always try to buy Maine ag products, but they make it difficult to figure out which ones are actually from maine. Anyways, they were great, not a single loser in the whole bag, you know the ones that you wish you hadn't put in your mouth ? These were from Turner Maine, where ever that is ?

Cigarsmoker
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Turner is right near Auburn on Rt 4.

Bob MacGregor
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You're right, I think [url]www.rickerhill.com[/url] Ricker Hill now grows them.

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I am proud to say my Great Great Grandfathah invented the first cranberry harvester.

EJ
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Do not forget there are Bush Harvested and Bog Harvested, I am looking for the later right now.

Thanks all for the help.

Ed

Calvin
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There are eleven bogs that I know of in Washington County and I don't even live there.

Dan Billings
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Th industry never took off in Maine because prices dropped significantly right after the first operators started their Maine bogs.

Calvin
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[quote="Paul Mattson"]I am proud to say my Great Great Grandfathah invented the first cranberry harvester.[/quote]

I'm proud to say that my grandfather make the first practical blueberry winnowing machine. It takes the leaves out of the berries after they are picked. But he never patented it,,,,,,oh-well.

D

EJ
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Again thanks all

Dan, Yes and No, seems like a Maple Surpe Sunday is needed for the Cranberry growers in this state.

Too bad all that nice land in Scarborough, Cape and such is being turned into homes instead of being worked.

Best regards
EJS

Dan Billings
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Cranberry bogs are expensive to build and do not immediately create a crop. It is a high risk enterprise. If the economics worked, there would be more bogs built. The market economy is a wonderful thing.

Mark T. Cenci
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Yes Dan. I'm glad to see lots of dried cranberry products now. They are great mixed in with nuts and things. Hope it expands the market. Seems like all I ever saw growing up was relish and juice. Neither of which did much for me.

Calvin
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We were told cranberries would sell at $0.90 /lb. so we built, waited three years for the first berry another three years for the vines to thicken in and get the volume up. Price is about $0.30/lb.
Two years ago only one grower in Washington County made money and that was because the IRS would not let her consider her time as an expense. In other words, she worked all year for nothing.

Calvin
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Cranberries go in pancakes, muffins, breads,
they also mix well in apple pies,
mix half/half with blueberries for a great pie.
and all kinds of salads!

Dan Billings
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[quote="Mark T. Cenci"]I'm glad to see lots of dried cranberry products now. They are great mixed in with nuts and things. Hope it expands the market.[/quote]

Maybe it will. And if it does, and the wholesale prices rise, someone will fill the demand.

I'm a little touchy on comments like EJ's because I have been reading everyone's pipedreams about what to do with BNAS. Put the sucker on the market and we will quickly find the highest and best use for the property.

The land EJ mentions above has more value as house lots than as berry bogs.

Calvin
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[quote="Dan Billings"][quote="Mark T. Cenci"]
The land EJ mentions above has more value as house lots than as berry bogs.[/quote]
For a square mile of Scarboro, you could buy a whole town in Washington County.

EJ
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How do you get that I am not for putting the former Naval Air station on the open Market?

I visit many farms as part of my business, just feel that some of the Old Farms in Scarborough would have been good locations for such ventures.

I have made a good deal of my income on agriculture, and it is all risks, trust me. One bad day and you could lose an entire crop and there are no redo's in farming.

Markets are great, and I am by no means one who would want anyone to think otherwise.

My post in regards to a cranberry version of Maple Sunday, would be a way to increase the awareness of the market.

EJ

Dan Billings
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I was not assuming anything about your position on BNAS. I was just making a comparison.

As for land in Scarborough being good for farming -- that may be but it is more valuable for other uses.

EJ
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True, but the land that is still in farming is what help keeps that around it with value.

oh well, those hay fields are a great place for a Great American Village, unless the town throws a monkey wrench into a free market.

That said, a large % of my clients are in Scarborough, so maybe they sold their hay fields to people from away to keep the farm.

Ed

Calvin
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You can't farm at the poorest income when city hall taxes at the highest valued use!

UncleJaque
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Cranberries

I've also seen wines with cranberries in the ingredients - and the ones ive tried are quite good.

Also - drop a few "craisins" into cider as it ferments; they puff up and are a pretty tastey addition to hard cider!

I like to mix whole berry cranb. sauce and applesauce in with cottage cheeze for a tastey snack or dessert.

We've also been told that cranberries are full of vitamin C and antioxidants, which are supposed to be wonderfully good for us.

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