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November 23, 2016 | Number of The Day
NJ is third-largest producer of cranberries in the country

What is Thanksgiving without cranberry sauce? Well, some would say, “Just fine,” but the more traditionally minded wouldn’t think of having Thanksgiving dinner without a cranberry compote gracing the table.

Chances are good that those cranberries come from New Jersey; the state is the third-largest producer of the tart fruit. Wisconsin, actually, is by far the largest grower of cranberries, expected to produce 5.2 million barrels of them this year. Massachusetts is the second-largest producer, with 2 million barrels expected.

This year’s forecast calls for New Jersey to produce 588,000 barrels of cranberries from 3,000 acres of land. Oregon, with a forecast of 530,000 barrels and Washington with 194,000 barrels round out the top five. Most states are experiencing a drought and the forecasts are for fewer cranberries than in previous years.