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Photos: One Of The Last Cranberry Harvests At Pinnacle Bog In Plymouth

A cranberry harvester stands in a sea of cranberries at Pinnacle Bog in Plymouth. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A cranberry harvester stands in a sea of cranberries at Pinnacle Bog in Plymouth. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

On a rainy morning in late October, cranberry pickers worked at Pinnacle Bog in Plymouth for one of the last times. The bog recently qualified for a state program that will convert it back into a wetland. It will retire next year.

Harvesters drive tractors through one of the flooded bogs to knock cranberries off their vines at Pinnacle Bog in Plymouth. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Harvesters drive tractors through one of the flooded bogs to knock cranberries off their vines at Pinnacle Bog in Plymouth. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Water is continually pumped into the bog to keep the cranberries afloat during harvesting. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Water is continually pumped into the bog to keep the cranberries afloat during harvesting. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Harvesters corral the floating cranberries by hand. A tractor equipped with a giant blower blows the berries away from the edge so that a boom can capture the fruit. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Harvesters corral the floating cranberries by hand. A tractor equipped with a giant blower blows the berries away from the edge so that a boom can capture the fruit. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A harvester pulls the boom to move the island of cranberries. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A harvester pulls the boom to move the island of cranberries. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Harvesters constrict the boom to guide the cranberries into a vacuum. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Harvesters constrict the boom to guide the cranberries into a vacuum. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
The cranberries are pumped through a large hose and into a machine for cleaning. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
The cranberries are pumped through a large hose and into a machine for cleaning. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
The cranberries then tumble through the cleaning machine, which removes their stems and gives them a wash.. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
The cranberries then tumble through the cleaning machine, which removes their stems and gives them a wash.. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Cranberries drop into a truck from a conveyor belt after the fruit is cleaned. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Cranberries drop into a truck from a conveyor belt after the fruit is cleaned. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A harvester watches as cranberries are loaded onto a truck. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A harvester watches as cranberries are loaded onto a truck. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
(Jesse Costa/WBUR)
(Jesse Costa/WBUR)
The truck will hold about 600 barrels of cranberries bound for an Ocean Spray processing center. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
The truck will hold about 600 barrels of cranberries bound for an Ocean Spray processing center. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Jesse Costa Twitter Photographer, Multimedia Producer
Jesse Costa is the multimedia producer for WBUR.

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