Report on Yellow Point Cranberry Farm Tour, Oct 4th

An Autumn Cranberry Farm Tour

What do you get when you cross (1) a family-run cranberry farm that canceled its farm tours for three years due to COVID and (2) the inquiring minds of members of the NW Bay Probus Club?

The answer: Thirteen eager Probus members at the farm’s doors on a sunny Tuesday morning.    

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Ted, our tour-master, admitted to being a little rusty, but he soon found second gear and regaled us with the little known art and science of planting, harvesting and selling these lowly berries.

A sample of things we learned:

  • They do not grow on bushes, but on low plants that barely reach higher than a few inches from the ground;
  • They do not grow in water (the fields are only flooded so the berries can be harvested);
  • Apparently, the only beings that eat cranberries are humans;
  • A red cranberry has the same properties and taste as a white cranberry. It’s just that red cranberries look more ‘festive’ for the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner tables. It’s a cultural thing.
  • Most of us sampled a raw cranberry and found it bitterly refreshing. Honestly! Some went back for seconds. Some did not ….
  • The equipment and processes are relatively crude compared with high-tech industrial agriculture, but this farm of just a few acres produces around 200,000 pounds of fruit annually.

The tour ended with a sampling of their diverse farm-made products.

And of course, many NW Bay Probus Club out-and-abouts finish at a restaurant or pub. So off we went to the Crow and Gate Pub just a few kilometers down the road. It was our turn to find second gear, as we switched from cranberries to the excellent fare of this well-known Pub.  


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