‘Solid crop’ expected for Massachusetts cranberry harvest
PLYMOUTH —The Cranberry Marketing Committee forecasts that Massachusetts will produce a 1.96 million barrel crop of cranberries in 2023, according to the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association.
This is a 1% decrease from the state’s 2022 harvest. Overall, the national crop is anticipated to deliver 8.22 million barrels, an increase of 4% from last year. Massachusetts produces approximately 23% of the annual national crop.
“It’s been a challenging year for our growers but optimism prevails for a solid crop. The cold spring produced many frost nights, a few resulting in scattered frost damage to the tender vines. The weather turned more favorable for pollination season in June but transitioned to a rainy July. Despite weather-related difficulties, our resourceful growers stand strong through each challenge,” shared Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association Executive Director Brian Wick. “By the end of September our growers will start to harvest our healthy, native berries. It’s always exciting for our communities to witness the full-circle growing cycle that culminates in a uniquely beautiful harvest.”