Nestled among towns and villages of Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod are 14,000 acres of working cranberry bogs. These areas of soft marsh like ground consisting of sand, peat, gravel and clay and are a distinct feature of the landscape. Every autumn the cranberries reach their peak of color and ripeness and are ready for harvesting. Bogs are flooded and a water wheel type harvester nicknamed “eggbeater” is driven into the bog. It’s long wooden paddles churn the water and loosen the berries from the vine. Each berry has a tiny pocket of air that allows it to float to the surface. The berries are corralled together with floating wooden booms, pumped from the bog, loaded into trucks and shipped of to processing plants.