October 17th – Harvest Season

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. 😊

Not quite Quebec, but I love this French courtyard at Cafe Paris in Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan. 👏

Thank you for dropping by! Take care and have a great rest of your day! 💞


21 thoughts on “October 17th – Harvest Season

  1. Of the many wonderful things my mother made for Thanksgiving, cranberries are my least favorite. Too tart! Nothing that mashed potatoes and gravy can’t fix though. ❤️😋

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  2. I don’t eat them either but have one granddaughter (Brook) who loves them – more than the turkey I served them with. But some of those cranberry dishes from Wisconsin sound pretty good. And they are very good for you!

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  3. I enjoyed this post, having no idea cranberries were grown in Canada. Thanks for broadening my horizons. I make my own cranberry sauce when the fresh berries are in the supermarket. It is much more potent than commercial canned ones. Our family likes it, but I usually add a bit of homemade sauce to canned sauce when others come for dinner.

    Those photos of the harvesting were marvelous. I knew cranberries grew in bogs, so I had no idea tractors would be used. Thank you for all that information.

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  4. Thank you, Anne. I had no idea about any of this either, but I found it all interesting. My Mother used to make her cranberry sauce from frozen cranberries. I don’t think we can ever buy the fresh ones here. We certainly couldn’t when I was a kid.


  5. I had no idea. I am anxious to look up cranberry recipes to try them again. I am not a fan of cranberry sauce, but I do not enjoy anything sweet in a salad or with a main course – even sweet and sour Oriental sauce.

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  6. I’ve been hooked on cranberry sauce since I was a kid! Mom would buy a dozen bags (they were pound bags, now they’re 12 oz bags) and freeze them in the fall. She’d cook sugar, water for a few minutes then add two bags which she had gone over meticulously looking for stems and leaves. We ate cranberry sauce with almost every meal. Now I buy 6 pounds every fall and ‘can’ 2 batches which gives me about 15 pints for the year. Our great granddaughter Jovi loves it as much as I do and thinks it’s dessert! Great story Anne Marie…

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