Sugar Hill Cranberry's uses a hand scoop as well as Western mechanical harvesters to remove the cranberries from the vine. Cranberry vines are trained to grow in a certain direction to reduce damage and stress of the vines.
Our family has been growing cranberries for 46 years starting on cranberry bogs in Massachusetts and relocated to Maine where we grow 11 acres of cranberry bogs and grow 3 different varieties. Only the Stephens and the Howes are harvested for fresh pack and are processed and packaged by hand to ensure quality.
Water harvesting cranberries is always fun and the most scenic. The bogs are flooded and the berries are gently knocked off the vines using a water beater. Cranberries have 4 small air pockets so they float in the water. They are corralled using booms and brought close the perimeter ditch and are pumped out of the water into tractor trailer trucks and sent to the local fruit processing plant.