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Iroquois Cranberry Growers

Iroquois Cranberry Growers – Iroquois Cranberry Growers is owned and operated by the Wahta Mohawks, an indigenous peoples community in Central Ontario. We started the project in the 1960’s as an economic development venture with just one-half acre of cranberries and has grown to the current 68 acres.

It has provided employment for community members and has helped to support an economic base for community government. We moved here in 1881 from Oka, Quebec, and traditionally picked and sold cranberries from a bog just north of the Musquash river.

That same spot had all the requirements for a commercial cranberry operation. A good supply of water, impermeable peat soils, and an abundant supply of sand comes together at the site. Most people see the bog in the fall during the harvest. There are many activities that take place year-round at the bog. In the winter, we flood the bog to protect the vine under a layer of ice. We re-dig ditches and sand. Sanding involves putting a layer of sand on the ice.

In spring, sand falls to the bog floor and covers trash and allows the vines’ long runners to set roots. Continued on Next Page We re-flood in the spring until we can protect the tender buds from the cold with the irrigation system. When we de-flood, we install all 10 miles of irrigation pipe to protect the bud, and in the fall the berry from frost. in the summer we cut grass and hand pull weeds. We re-flood in the spring until we can protect the tender buds from the cold with the irrigation system. When we de-flood, we install all 10 miles of irrigation pipe to protect the bud, and in the fall the berry from frost. in the summer we cut grass and hand pull weeds. We welcome visitors in the fall. We also welcome bus tours during harvest. –

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Iroquois Cranberry Growers
2240 Iroquois Cranberry Growers Drive, Unit 1
Wahta M. T. (Bala) P0C 1A0

The Cranberry Store
2860 Iroquois Cranberry Growers Drive
Wahta Mohawk Territory

E-mail: finance@iroquoiscranberries.com
Farm Store 705-762-5725
Workshop 705-762-2223
Emergency 705-644-4227
Web: http://www.iroquoiscranberries.com/

 

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