Cranberry, a fruit native to North America, is grown primarily in Wisconsin, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maine, Oregon, British Columbia, Quebec, and Washington. Contrary to the public’s perception from television commercials, cranberries are not grown underwater. Flooding is used periodically throughout the growing season for harvest, pest control, and frost protection. Cranberry marshes are intimately tied to their wetland areas to provide water for irrigation, frost protection, and flooding.
Wisconsin cranberry growers have avoided many negative effects of the drought but the same is not true for growers in Washington. Reduced water resources may delay or prolong the harvest. For the full Seattle Times article, go here.