October 19, 2017
Cranberry harvesting season in the fall is short, intense and increasingly mechanized in South Jersey.
But the work still depends on crews of workers, as it has since cranberry cultivation began about 200 years ago. The Haines family in rural Burlington County has been at it for more than 125 years.
Last week, they took PhillyVoice journalists on a guided tour of Hogwallow, the name for the land where they operate Pine Island Cranberry Company.
Harvesting cranberries begins in late September on their 1,400 acres of bogs with orchestrated crews of men. The crimson fruit go from bogs to a collection facility at nearby Ocean Spray all in one day. The receiving facility is just a few miles away in Chatsworth.
The closest juice and food processing plant for Ocean Spray is in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley.
Here's a visual tour of the cranberry harvesting process at Hogwallow: