This is not a crop everyone is crying for.
Cranberry farmers have asked the federal government for permission to destroy a quarter of their crop in response to a glut that has kept prices low and growers operating in the red. Aren’t they always operating in the “red?” Cranberry red that is.
The Boston Globe reports that after struggling with an oversupply of the berries for nearly two decades, growers around the country are asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture for authorization to sell 75 percent of the supply and discard the rest.
If the government approves their request, farmers would hold back roughly 100 million pounds of cranberries.
Jack Angley is owner of Flax Pond Farms in Carver. He says overproduction means “we’re not getting much money for our crops.” The USDA estimates the cost to produce a barrel of cranberries is $35, but the average price last year was $31.50.
My problem with this.
In case you hadn’t noticed a couple of years or more ago the cranberry cartel/terrorists/cooperative took their 16 oz. can of cranberries and reduced it to a 14 oz. can obviously to make more money and have more cans to sell. Every seven cans they would have an eighth can from the two ounces they removed to make 14 oz. cans. WTF for? So they make more cans and sell the same amount of cans with the extra going to a warehouse. So what they have done is make more of something that doesn’t sell that well so more can sit and not sell. Now does that make sense?
If they have an over abundance then why cut the size of the can? So they can sell less for the same money or more money. Now they want to destroy their crop to make more money. WTF.
Apparently they have product from last year left over. Here is a solution: Only plant half your fields for a year or two.
I find this hard to believe that there is such an over abundance. This must be caused by climate change. The warmer earth is making the cranberries grow like crazy.
I find it hard to believe when they have come up with Craisins and different flavors of Craisins, cranberry juice, cranapple, and more flavors. How about cranberry jelly? They make most jellies so sweet they taste almost nothing like the fruit they are made of so cranberry jelly should work.
A crop that is used ONCE a year or maybe twice a year.
Cranberries are a once a year thing for most of us and that is at Thanksgiving. Some may use it at Christmas but then who eats it all year long? I know once in a while I will cook or fry a turkey during the year and eat cranberry sauce with it. Or if I have fried chicken I eat it sometimes with that. Other than that I forget about it like most people.
What the growers need to do is find other uses like Craisins. They could make or get someone to make cranberry candy and cookies and cakes. Add it to trail mix etc. How about cranberry applesauce?
How about the troops or homeless or hungry?
How about sending Craisins and juice etc. to the troops and use the tax write off instead of destroying it or feeding it to animals. Will animals eat it? Then there is the homeless and hungry out there. Make cakes and cookies and again the Craisins and juice could be donated for a tax write off.
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