Being attacked by Cranberries - Teaching you to make cake for open houses

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Home Stager with National Interior Designer, Owner of Stage by Design, LLC For those who want a model atmosphere everyday!

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Being Attacked by Cranberries

 

This past October I visited my parents at one of their homes located near Bandon, Oregon.  My mother and I were out shopping and site seeing on a beautiful fall day when I saw cranberry bogs left and right of Hwy 101 (the beautiful coastal scenic road) being harvested - she told me that the Ocean Spray Plant was nearby so we ventured to visit with them and get a glimpse about production and process of the local bogs in Oregon.  I must share my experience learning about cranberries and a little history about this magnificent fruit.  

Cranberries have been grown in Bandon, Oregon since 1885, when Charles McFarlin planted vines he brought from Massachusetts.  Oregon’s growing conditions were similar to the terrain and conditions in Massachusetts.

The main States for production that account for most of the world’s production is Wisconsin being #1, then Massachusetts follows with a strong second,  New Jersey, Oregon and Washington are also strong leaders in production.  

Did you know Americans consume 5,062,500 gallons of cranberry sauce every season?  Cranberries are almost 90% water and a fresh cranberry will “bounce” due to all the air within this little round fruit - they are also called “bounceberry”.  At harvest time the farmers irrigate (or fill with water) their bogs and the cranberries float to the top for harvesting.  The harvesters use this large vacuum type machine that sucks the cranberries up a long “spout” that spits them out into big containers then they are taken to be cleaned ,washed and  packaged at places like Ocean Spray - the headquarters that I visited while in Oregon.   It is an amazing and fun adventure to be a part of, watch or actively be present and involved in.  If you ever get the opportunity to go help on a “working bog farm”, you will feel the great hot sunshine on your back and crisp cool fall air blowing through your hair, face and see beautiful blue sky, coupled with the red cranberry bogs filled with water, along with tree lined color (depending on the terrain) - for Wisconsin and Oregon and Washington you will see pine trees (lush and rich green) and in the East maybe more deciduous trees like maple, birch and  all and all  the spectacular viewing of color will take your breath away!  It is a great time waiting for you next season!

I have many recipes using cranberries - but this one I developed especially to share with you to share for an open house or simply to make to for a special dinner or dessesrt.  Enjoy!

 

 

Comments (5)

Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Cindy, I love to make homemade cranberry sauce every time there is a turkey in the house. It was fun to read about how they grow and harvest them.  The closest I've ever come is harvesting grapes at my broker's vineyard in Virginia.

Thanks for the recipe!

Jan 04, 2017 05:29 PM
Cindy Montgomery
National Interior Designer, Owner of Stage by Design, LLC For those who want a model atmosphere everyday! - Manhattan, NY
Live a well-designed life


Cindy montgomery
Hi Patricia - I also make cranberry sauce. I use fresh squeezed orange juice and that's it. Sometimes a dash of cinnamon. The really sweet oranges help naturally sweeten the cranberries. Thanks for sharing!

Jan 05, 2017 03:53 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Cindy Montgomery the only fruit that is equally as mystic in its properties seems to be pomegranate juice, Love them both!

Jan 05, 2017 06:08 AM
Cindy Montgomery
National Interior Designer, Owner of Stage by Design, LLC For those who want a model atmosphere everyday! - Manhattan, NY
Live a well-designed life

YES, growing up in California (born and raised), we had pomegranate trees in our yard - my mom used to make jam and we would make juice and or eat them off the trees.  The nutrition of both mentioned fruit is off the charts.  Cherries is another great choice.  We can't go wrong with fruit ever - right?

Jan 05, 2017 08:06 PM