Archive for October, 2007

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Cranberry production: the journey from farm to juice bottle

by Caroline Brown

With approximately 15,000 acres of cranberry bogs, Massachusetts is the second largest cranberry-producing state. (Wisconsin is the first.) I recently spent an afternoon driving around southeastern Mass. looking at cranberry bogs and learning about cranberry farming.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Autumn in New England

by Caroline Brown

I know I’m supposed to do a post on cranberry farming next…it’s coming. I’ve been traveling for the last week and am catching up with work in addition to writing the cranberry post. In the meantime, here are a few pics from some of my local travels.

Woonasquatucket River, near Johnston RI — Oct. 13, 2007

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Cranberries–New England’s fall staple

by Caroline Brown

The cranberry has a starring role in the agricultural history of Massachusetts and New England. It’s still a major crop in Mass., as well as Michigan, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Maine and many other U.S. states and Canadian provinces. (Other states/provinces: don’t flame me ‘cuz I called them New England’s fall staple. I know you have them too. I just happen to live in New England!)

Monday, October 8, 2007

Wild plant identification

by Caroline Brown

A couple of weeks ago I took a short class on wild plant and flower identification using Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide. This is a book that I have always wanted to buy and learn how to use, but every time I looked at it in the store, I was always intimidated by how to use the key.

In other guides, flowers are often arranged according to color of blossom. Newcomb’s is different because it groups plants by family and you use a key to identify the flower. First you classify the flower according to its numbers of parts (petals, basically.) This is harder than it seems.