Cranberry cultivation in New Jersey is believed to have started in 1840. Since then, "cranberrying" has become a major industry in our state, with approximately 3,500 acres under cultivation. Our cranberry history runs deep. In the 1700s, civilians could be fined up to 10 shillings if they were caught picking cranberries before they were fully ripe. We're also proud of our history of industry innovation. New Jersey is home to Thomas Darlington, inventor of the Darlington Picker - the first dry-harvesting machine.
The Haines family
- Chatsworth, New Jersey.
- 5th Generation
"It's really neat to watch the harvest and have such beautiful, visible products of all your efforts throughout the year. And then you get to do it all over again."- Rebecca Haines
Our farm is always evolving. We try new things year after year, which ultimately leads to a better and more efficient farm. But one thing that has always been and will always be the most important thing to us is maintaining the purity of the water. Not only is it necessary for the quality and taste of the berries, but also for all of the families who live on the farm. Our home is surrounded by bogs. What's good for the bogs is good for our family.
The Tassone family
- Shamong, New Jersey.
- 4th Generation
"I love working with the land, the water, and the community."- Cristina Tassone
In my life, I've always followed my heart. Whether it was teaching, coaching, traveling...I stayed true to my passion. Looking back, everything seems to have been leading me back to the farm. Back to family. And I don't mean just my immediate family, but neighbors who have become my extended family. Our bogs are all close to one another, so each year everyone helps harvest everyone else's bogs. To me, working together, lending a hand - that's family. And that's what the Ocean Spray family is all about too.