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The majority of the cranberry harvest in New Jersey takes place in October.The best places for viewing the harvest are Whitesbog Village in Brendan T. Byrne State Forest; and along Route 563 south of Chatsworth in Burlington County. The farms along Route 563 are privately- owned working farms, and trespassing is prohibited. Please find a safe place to watch the harvest, out of the way of both farm vehicles and roadway traffic. History  The North American cranberry industry has a long and distinguished history. Native peoples used cranberries as food, in ceremonies and medicinally. They mixed cranberries with deer meat to make pemmican, a convenience food that could be kept for a long time. Medicine men used them as poultices to draw poison from arrow wounds, and women used the juice as a dye for cloth. In New Jersey, the Delaware Indians used them as peace symbols. They got their name, “crane berries,” from the early German and Dutch settlers who thought their blossoms resembled the neck and head of a crane. Revolutionary War veteran Henry Hall planted
the first commercial cranberry beds in Dennis, Massachusetts in 1816. Today cranberries are farmed on approximately 40,000 acres (16,200 hectares) across the northern United States and Canada. Cranberry cultivation in New Jersey is believed to have begun In 1840. The State Board of Agricul- ture report of 1874 states that in 1840 a man by the name of John Webb established a cranberry bog in Ocean County near Cassville, and it is reported that he received $50.00 per barrel for his cranberries. They were bought by ship merchants who sold them to whalers. Cranberries were kept on board ships in barrels of cold water for the sailors to eat. They contained Vitamin C and helped ward off scurvy, which plagued seafarers on long trips. When Cranberry grower Elizabeth Lee of New Egypt decided to boil some damaged berries instead of throwing them away, she liked the tasty jelly so much she started a business selling "Bog Sweet Cranberry Sauce." That was the beginning of the Ocean Spray company, which still operates in New Jersey today! New Jersey is currently the third largest cran- berry producing area in the United states, following
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A privately-owned cranberry farm.
The Ocean Spray receiving station in Chatsworth.