Cranberry farmers give thanks for great harvest

This Thanksgiving weekend marks the beginning of the major cranberry harvest on P.E.I.

This year's harvest expected to beat the 500K kilograms grown on the Island last year

About 500,000 kilograms were harvested on P.E.I. last year. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

This Thanksgiving weekend marks the beginning of the major cranberry harvest on P.E.I.

About 500,000 kilograms of cranberries were grown on the Island last year and the volume is expected to be a little higher this year.

Chris Jordan, the berry crop development officer with the P.E.I. department of agriculture, said the quality of the cranberries looks really good this year.

“We had very good growing conditions in 2013 and the growers have bogs that are now maturing so the yields are increasing steadily. Basically the production techniques are being refined so yields are on the rise,” he said.

There are 15 cranberry producers on the Island, most of whom are in the western and eastern parts of the province.

The harvest will likely continue into early November.

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