Blog anniversary 2019

This weeks marks the seven year anniversary of the Pine Island Cranberry website, and as always, we’ve had quite an eventful year!

The annual harvest remains our biggest draw for readers, of course, and this year saw not only our annual visit from George Giorno and his Bog to Bottle tour, but our own visit to the Ocean Spray receiving station!

The receiving station, coincidentally, celebrated its 30th anniversary this past year, and Pine Island team members were there to celebrate with them.

Team members were also in attendance at both the ACGA summer field day and winter meeting, as well as at the Ocean Spray Annual Growers Meeting.

We also profiled several team members over the past year. Both Jeremy Fenstermaker and Ernie Waszkiewicz both celebrated milestone work anniversaries, and we also talked up newer team member Justin Ross.

The bobwhite quail project continued with another release last April.

The Haines family also had quite a year! Not only did they once again start farming the original property at the Birches, originally purchased after the Civil War by Martin L. Haines, they welcomed sixth generation member Jack Fenstermaker to the world of cranberry growing with his very first summer job. In November, they gained a brand new member of the family when Mike Haines married the lovely Daina!

Pine Island also got some media coverage, as most operations do every year around harvest time. This year, the quail project was covered locally, while the harvest was covered by both NBC 10 and Business Insider. But the seemingly unanimous favorite this year goes to this fun piece about CEO Bill Haines, accompanied by a fantastic video.

And, of course, our entire team remains proud to be members of the Ocean Spray family.

We look forward to everything the next year has in store for us, and we’re so glad you’re all here to read about it as well!

Another year in!

Two years ago this week, Pine Island Cranberry launched in order to show people who we are and what we do, and it’s been going strong ever since. While we spent the first year giving an overview of what happens on a cranberry farm, we tried to spend the second year digging a little deeper.

This year hasn’t been quite as eventful as 2012 (and we’re grateful for it) but this winter has provided its own set of challenges!

In addition, we completed the renovation at the Oswego system:

And started harvesting at Panama!:

We then turned our attention to the latest renovation target at 11 Acre and Benny’s:

And, of course, spent a lot of time with some of the hardest-working people in the world. None of this would be possible without the fantastic team we’ve assembled.

Last but not least, we finished yet another successful harvest!

Pine Island Cranberry is fortunate to have such a phenomenal team doing whatever it takes to do everything they do better every day, up to and including using the latest technology. We grow stuff…it’s what we do and who we are. And if you enjoy reading about it even half as much as we enjoy doing it, then we have been successful!