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LIGHTING HARDWARE PLUMBING
Serenity Air Bath
Drifting away surrounded by tranquil waters.
Early Blacks, so called because they can be harvested earlier than the other types, before the first frost.
Nowadays, New England is eclipsed in sheer bog
power by Wisconsin, which provides more than half the
country’s berries. Still, Massachusetts hangs in at num-
ber two, growing about a quarter of last year’s crop, worth
about $100 million. One Bay Stater who carries on the tra-
dition is Mark Herndon, whose small company maintains
nine bogs in Kingston, Massachusetts. Since 1980, he and
his family have wrested these board-flat, well-ditched, and
highly productive fields from a former pine and mixed hard-
wood forest, using a bulldozer to remove root balls, a grader
to level the planting areas, and an excavator to dig irriga-
tion ponds. With sprayer heads spread across the fields, the
plants — which form a dense mat by sending out runners
that sprout upright fruit-bearing stems — are assured of
sufficient water during the growing season. Circling and in
once the berries are dislodged from their stems and rise to the
surface of the flooded bogs, they are corralled by floating booms
(above left) with help from rake-wielding workers (above
right) before being sucked up by conveyor belt onto a truck.
Wet-harvested berries are used for juice and sauce, or Craisins.