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The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Thursday, January 17, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Cranberries

For some 200 years after that first Thanksgiving, however, cranberries were picked in the marshes or swamps where they grew wild. It wasn’t until 1816 that farmers in Massachusetts began cultivating them after discovering that adding sand to the soil improved the yield. But the harvest involved arduous stoop labor of picking by hand in soggy conditions.