Talk on cranberries scheduled Nov. 8

BAR HARBOR — Courtney Hammond of Lynch Hill Farms will address the Bar Harbor Garden Club’s meeting on Thursday Nov. 8, at 1 p.m. at the Birch Bay Village Inn.

Hammond will give a brief description for the rise and fall of the cranberry industry in Maine, followed by an explanation for how his family developed some of the first commercial cranberry beds in Maine.

Since then, their business has transitioned to a fresh market operation specializing in high-quality fruit. Hammond also will review the growing, harvesting, processing and marketing of their products.

Hammond had a career working as a Maine forest ranger, while he continued to help out on the family farm. In 2016, he retired to take over the operation of the farm, along with his youngest sister.

Currently, Lynch Hill Farms consists of nearly 200 acres of wild blueberries, six acres of three different varieties of cranberries and over 2,000 shiitake mushroom logs.

This meeting is open to the public, but nonmembers are asked to reserve a seat by emailing [email protected] or calling 460-8496.

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