Vancouver branch presents
Cranberry Fields Tour
Sat. Oct. 19, 2019; 10:00 am - noon
Location: Ocean Spray, 5700 Dhillon Way, Richmond Meeting location: Meet in parking lot at 9:45 prior to field tour.
Join us on Saturday October 19, 2019 for a tour of the beautiful cranberry fields in Richmond and get to experience the berries being harvested. The visual splendor of a bog turned burgundy is reason enough to attend this field trip. Visiting a cranberry bog comes with a fascinating lesson in agriculture, driven home by hands-on experiences you won’t soon forget.
Cranberries are one of just a few fruits native to North America. They were an important fruit for the Native Americans, who gathered wild cranberries and used them as medicine, dyes and food. Pilgrims soon caught on to the versatility of cranberries and created recipes that would later become classics in American cuisine. Despite the variety of crops BC cultivates, cranberries are one of just a few that are actually native to the land; when European explorers landed in Canada, they were traded with Indigenous peoples and valued as an effective way to prevent scurvy. Uniquely “wet harvested” by flooding the fields they grow in, cranberries are tart treats packed with vitamin C, vitamin E, and fiber; they are a bright shake-up to many desserts, sweets, and beverages.
Cranberries are BC’s largest crop according to Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada, and most of North America can say they’ve delved into a glass of BC cranberries at some point; approximately 60% of our harvests are grown for Ocean Spray, a Massachusetts-based grower cooperative that distributes across the continent.
9:45am to 10:00am: Check -in Meeting location: Meet in parking lot at 9:45 prior to field tour.
10:00am to11:00am: Tour of the field
11:00am to 12:00pm: Facility and quality control lab tour
COST: Free for members and guests. NOTE:For safety reasons children are not allowed
Login to REGISTER . (Members, if registering a guest, please be sure to enter guest name) The maximum capacity for the event is 30 and it’s open to BCIA members and guests.
Phone registration; call BC Toll Free: 1-877-855-9291 or (250) 380-9292
All registrations must be completed by the end of the day October 17, 2019. * Cancellation notice (by end of the day Thursday Oct 17th, 2019) is required
Questions can be directed to: PD-Vancouver@email.bcia.com
- Free parking is available. Carpooling is recommended.
- Not transit accessible