Today's Stop on the Land Use Trail: Coastal Cranberries

A few times a week this summer, we'll be featuring stops on our new Land Use Trail. Today, June 25: Cranberries. Quite possibly one of Oregon's most special farm crops, cranberries are essential to the southern Oregon Coast's economy.

About: Although they rank only 37th among Oregon’s top agricultural commodities, cranberries have long been among the state’s most celebrated crops, prized for their bright color and tart flavor. Oregon’s 2,800 acres of cranberry bogs, most of them in Coos and Curry counties, produce nearly 40 million pounds of berries every year, with many growers adopting practices that co-exist well with the local environment. Most of their output is processed and exported, supporting additional jobs and bringing outside money into the community. As the harvest depends on unique growing conditions, it is important to protect the industry’s lands from incompatible development. 

Key Fact: Oregon ranked fourth nationwide in cranberry production in 2012, with 361,000 barrels produced and a total value of $14.2 million.

Another Cool Fact: Coastal farmers have been growing cranberries since 1885, when Massachussetts-born gold miner Charles McFarlin quit panning and started growing cranberries in Coos County.

Visit: The best time to visit Oregon's cranberry country is during the annual Bandon Cranberry Festival, held the second week of September in this charming Coos County beach town.

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