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The bounty of the season: Articles on farmers and food artisans

The Bounty of the Season: Articles on farmers and food artisans throughout the Cape & Islands, September/October 2017 Cape Cod LIFE | capecodlife.com

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Local cranberry company is on the rise: Cape Cod Select – Carver

Cape Cod Select is a family-owned cranberry grower located on a sprawling 300-acre farm in Carver. For more than 70 years, the Rhodes family has been growing and harvesting cranberries in the region, and in 2009 Matthew and Cindy Rhodes opened Cape Cod Select as the retail face for Edgewood Bogs Cranberry Growers. Since then, the company’s berries have been distributed in 5,000 stores nationwide and are also available for purchase online.

Shannon McCrillis, who assists at Cape Cod Select with logistics and marketing, says the value in the company’s fruit comes from the staff’s commitment to excellence. “We take so much care when it comes to harvesting,” McCrillis says. “We really select the best possible fruit for our consumers. That’s what sets us apart.”

McCrillis adds that aside from being the region’s beloved local fruit, cranberries have many great health benefits. “They are low in sodium and free of saturated fats and cholesterol,” she says. The berries are loaded with antioxidants, she points out, and Cape Cod Select does not add any sugar to its fresh cranberries or frozen products, including “Cranberries Plus” mixtures with blueberries, blackberries, mango, banana, raspberries and pineapple. “They make a great addition to any smoothie,” McCrillis says.

Recently, the company renovated its properties with the goal of continuing to produce fruit at the industry’s highest standards while implementing sustainable growing methods. “We are not just focused on the bog itself,” McCrillis says. “As a farm, we rely on the Earth for our living.” These efforts include the installation of a solar field, which has significantly offset the company’s yearly use of electricity, and automated irrigation systems, which cut fuel usage and reduce water usage by several thousands of gallons, per acre, each year. –Rachel Ayotte

Cape Cod Select is at 73 Tremont Street, Carver. For more information, call 508-866-1149, or visit capecodselect.com.

Bonus online recipes: Cape Cod Select Cranberry Chili  & Cape Cod Select Cranberry Squares

These events are sure to be sweet:

Harwich Cranberry Festival • September 16-17, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. • harwichcranberryfestival.org

Nantucket Cranberry Festival • October 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. • nantucketconservation.org

Cranberry Harvest Celebration in Wareham • October 7-8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • seeplymouth.com



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