Food Field Trips » Receiving & Sorting Cranberries
Freshly harvested cranberries waste no time going from bog to bottle. We watched in awe as trailer trucks unloaded about 40,000 pounds of cranberries each into awaiting bays. From there, meticulous cleaning, sorting, testing and freezing take place. Long-time cranberry grower, historian and inventor Stephen Ashley shares a day in the life at a cranberry receiving station in Freetown, Massachusetts.
Stephen Ashley is a cranberry receiving station field operations manager. But he's also an inventor, cranberry grower and knowledgeable historian about every aspect of the business. As a 3rd generation grower, Stephen's enthusiasm and pride in his work, bringing quality berries through the receiving and sorting process, and then on to the consumer, is evident. He has a twinkle in his eye when he talks about the generations of Ashleys entering the cranberry business. We think that's a pretty sincere form a flattery and a reflection of Stephen's dedication to his work.