|Cranberry Harvest in Double Trouble State Park
PINE BARRENS JAMBOREE, Wells Mills County Park
Not taller than your knee, cranberry bushes have small leaves on branches. Flowers pink with
petals turn back. In October it's berry fruit matures into red oblong berries and can be picked. But
the labor cost of dry picking is too high. Using one of its characteristics that it will float in water, a
wet method of Harvest is developed. The fruits were knocked off from the plant, and floated and
collect with machines. On 10/9/2010 we visited Double Trouble State Park featuring Cranberry
harvest, also in the afternoon the PINE BARRENS JAMBOREE, in Wells Mills County Park. Both
From a reservior of Double Trouble State Park, water was let in the dry cranberry bog. Water was
collected in the lower end, where the knocking began.
The bogs has been in production of Cranberry since 1860s, but the wet harvest became popular since the
1960s, as a more efficient method of harvest in comparison to dry picking.
When the water covered over the bog about 1 foot, the berries were corralled into
the boom in one(south) end of the bog, like this first bog harvested in Double
Trouble State Park. The operation was purchased by the state in 1964 from
private owners; with some bogs leased and cultivation continued through the
present to maintain the cranberry bogs in operation condition.
From South end of bog to north.
Weeds were collected, berries send through suction onto a washing conveyer.
The cranberry were washed and weeds removed then loaded onto a truck.
There are four bogs in the park, the grower harvest one bog per day. Although the knocking of the vine
may be performed one day ahead. The main reason to harvest one day a boy is to conserve water, which
is reused from bog to bog. The cranberry requires one inch of water per week, either from rain or
sprinkling irrigation. During the hard winter, the bog was completely frozen over, sand was spread over the
ice as the ice melts, the sand will be added to the surface of soil as to protect the roots and against insect
and diseases. There are much to growing cranberries than it seem.
Direction to Double Trouble State Park: Garden State Parkway Southbound: Take exit 77. Turn left off
exit ramp and travel 1/2 mile south on Double Trouble Road/ County Route 619 South to traffic signal.
Park entrance is straight ahead across Pinewald Keswick Road/County Route 618.
Pine Barrens Jamboree was one of the Pine Barrens Cranberry Festival, a series of festive activities in
Pinelands through out October. ( for schedule refer to http://www.pineypower.com/#oct). On 10/9/10 Pine
Barrens Jamboree took place in Wells Mills County Park. There are food, music, farm produce,
cranberries,4H displays,children learning to start fire the primitive way, tree climbing and tree trimming,
history display of appliances, lumber sawing, etc. It is quite educational and fun.
This young man is a winner of tree climbing
competition. He uses tools and ropes and made
it look effortless.
He "steps up" the rope as if he was on stairs, no
doubt his strong arm muscles are working too.
Today he is also demonstrating how to care and
trim an old tree by getting rit of the dead limbs,
He has all kinds of equipments attached to his
belt including a hand saw and a chain saw. When
he is to use his chain saw, he will use another
rope to secure himself against the tree trunk,
"Double Security". This is safety regulation.
The ideal cut surface is flush with the main
branch so rain will not collect on wound surface
This is an informative demonstration, scores of
people enjoyed it.
People brought their lawn chairs to enjoy a full days country music.
At 4H programs children
learn to take care of
animals, like this 6 month
old hen, has been taken
care of since day one. She
had been laying eggs
regularly. The young lady
takes care of her collects
the eggs and sells them for
a while now.
These two are "Silk" chickens, they are
black skinned. The specially nurishing
variety as the Chinese thought. They are
quite docile, feather is silky as the name.
Some young ladies are care taker of a
pony and would provide rides, others show
a special variety of rabbit. These are
valuable learning experiences.
How to start a fire without a match or lighter? These
two young men made a lot of smoke, but I got
distracted by other activities.
The gentleman is demonstrating use of an old riffle.
The Pine Barrens are rich with pine, white cedar
and other lumber. In the old days, water power
was used to cut lumber,(what a GREEN, and
renewable energy), e.g. in Double Trouble SP.
Here a demonstration of cutting tree trunk into
lumber in this case 2"X8"X16'. The accuracy,
safety precautions are all things to learn.