By Bob Katzen

HAPPY CRANBERRY MONTH – Gov. Charlie Baker declared October as “Massachusetts Cranberry Month.”

“The Baker-Polito Administration is proud to support cranberry growers, who make significant contributions to the commonwealth’s agricultural sector and local economies. Our local growers are true stewards of the land, implementing the latest in proprietary technology and equipment to harvest their fruit, and utilizing innovative methods that conserve water and protect Massachusetts’ natural resources.”
— Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Beth Card.

“As a side dish at Thanksgiving dinner, served dried on oatmeal or salads, or enjoyed in a glass in juice form, cranberries are a mighty multi-purpose fruit with enormous health benefits. Autumn in Massachusetts is a special time for many reasons, but chief among them is the breathtaking scenery and imagery that takes shape across ‘Cranberry Country’ in Southeastern Massachusetts when the harvest season is in full swing and bogs are awash in crimson.”
— Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner John Lebeaux.

“The hard-working cranberry growers of Massachusetts are honored that the Baker-Polito Administration is once again recognizing October as cranberry month in the commonwealth. Despite the significant drought that impacted many of our cranberry farms this growing season, with some recent rain events, along with resourceful and innovative growers, we are excited for an expected good cranberry crop this year.”
— Brian Wick, Executive Director of the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association.

“I am extremely pleased to be celebrating October 2022 as Massachusetts Cranberry Month. The commonwealth’s cranberry industry has historically served as one of our most abundant statewide agricultural sectors – especially in the Southeast region I proudly represent. With Massachusetts responsible for over one-fifth of our country’s domestic cranberry production, I am glad we are taking the opportunity to recognize the valuable opportunities that this agricultural sector continues to provide for our commonwealth.”
— Sen. Marc Pacheco (D-Taunton).

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