My choice for news story of the day comes from The Globe and Mail and it highlights the cranberry harvest in Quebec.
Living in Saskatchewan, I have grown up seeing fields of grain and the annual spectacle of massive combines harvesting the crops. Nowadays, thanks to the modern miracle of technology, I am finding it interesting to see how other crops are harvested across Canada and around the globe.
Long known for being the number one global supplier of Maple Syrup, Quebec is also a major supplier of cranberries – second only to Wisconsin.
Seasonal workers from Mexico and South America are instrumental in maintaining and harvesting the cranberry crop in Quebec. They come to Canada in April and remain until the harvest is completed at the end of October.
The harvesting is unique in that the cranberry fields are flooded, machines loosen the berries from their vines, and workers corral the floating berries so they can be pumped into waiting trucks.
The facts in this story are fairly basic and limited but there are a number of great photos that are definitely worth checking out. Here
As a matter of interest, I checked out an article on the cranberry harvest in Wisconsin – here. The overall method for harvesting the berries seems very similar but this article includes some mouthwatering ideas for serving up this fascinating crop. Their versatility obviously goes far beyond the cranberry sauce served at traditional turkey suppers.
That is my news for today. It has definitely sparked my interest into how other crops are harvested across Canada and around the globe. I might have to revisit this subject in a later post. I might even devote an entire month of posts to how food is grown and harvested around the globe! That would be fun to source out. 😊
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