Connecticut Grown Cranberries making a comeback

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KILLINGWORTH, Conn (WTNH) — Back in the day, Killingworth was home to one of Connecticut’s largest cranberry bogs.

“This whole area was developed as a cranberry bog in the very late 1800s,” said Keith Bishop. “In total there was well over 20 acres of cranberries growing here in the heyday.”

Left unattended for years, Keith Bishop decided it was time to bring cranberries back to Connecticut.

He cleared away old vines and weeds, laser leveled the land and even built a pond and watering system to sustain the cranberries through the drought.

“We planted 117-thousand plants on this 2.6 acres, they are all planted by hand,” said Bishop.

Cranberries need moisture but against popular belief don’t grow in water.

“This is not wet, marshy. It’s dry, you can drive out here with equipment if needed,” said Bishop.

Flooding the ground the cranberries grow on is a method of harvesting…the berries float to the top and are collected.

At “Killingworth Cranberries” they will be dry harvested, a method that is gentler on the berry.

By Thanksgiving 2018, the cranberries will be ready for purchase in packages, cranberry juice or even an apple – cranberry wine.

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