It’s Cranberry Harvest Time and many Let’s Go Biking routes lead to some of the Best Cranberry fields in the World.
Do you know cranberries are native to BC and were used by the First Nations as food, dye and medicine. They were traded to the Hudson’s Bay Company for goods and at one point during the Gold Rush were worth more than gold. According to the BC Cranberry Growers, “eighty growers located in the fertile lower Fraser Valley and on Vancouver Island, produce in excess of 750,000 barrels (1 barrel = 100 lbs) of cranberries annually, 12% of the cranberry production in North America. Cranberries are mostly exported to make sweet dried cranberries, frozen berries and cranberry juice.
I love to bike to coffee & lunch … and I’ve discovered Humble Roots Cafe on 224th at 132nd in Maple Ridge. Manager Tyler Toews is working towards making Humble Roots a great cycling destination with great food & coffee, and will be installing some bike racks. With this in mind, I’ve made a new route. It can be done as a simple loop or you can add it onto Ride#50-Blue Heron Loop. For more cranberries in Pitt Meadows, try out the Cranberry Trail.