The second full week of harvest is going well! Last week, manager Matt Giberson talked about how we’re testing samples before a truck goes to Ocean Spray. “If the numbers aren’t great,” he said, “we’re taking it to our own packing house and clearing it out before we send it up the road.” Here’s how that works.
Each bog is run through separately. First, the forklift crew unloads the full cranberry boxes from the trucks coming out of the field. Once the cranberries are poured into the hoppers, they pass along the belt through the blowers, which are used to partially dry the fruit and remove as many of the leaves as possible. Once the leaves are blown out, the fruit drops onto another belt and from there move up the truck elevator into the waiting trailer.
Things are a little different if our team is going straight from the bog to Chatsworth, though!
The trucks are wired to a set of lights so the gathering team leader can communicate effectively from the bog side cleaner’s platform. When one section of the trailer is full, the team leader hits a button and the yellow light in the truck cab indicates that it’s time to move forward! If the driver moves up a little too far, the team leader will use the red light indicator to tell the driver to back up.)
Once the truck is full (whether it’s cleaned with the bogside cleaner or at our own packing house), it’s time to head down the road!
Once the driver gets to the receiving station, he drives to the scales, where he turns in the paperwork and Ocean Spray takes some initial samples.
He is assigned a pool number, then drives around back and backs up to the assigned pool.
The crew at the station then start running the equipment needed to clear the berries from the trailer and take additional samples as needed.
When the truck is empty, it’s back around to the scales to be weighed again, and off again home to pick up another load!