Oregon Share on Facebook Share on Twitter In Oregon, they call cranberry harvesting “mining for red gold.” The state’s history goes back to 1885, when Charles Dexter McFarlin started Oregon’s first cranberry bog, which is still producing cranberries today. Because of the longer growing season on the Pacific Coast, berries grown there are darker in color. The 175 growers in Oregon currently cultivate approximately 2,500 acres and harvest about 40 million pounds of fruit each year. Farming in this area has changed since its origins in the late 19th century, and has become more precision oriented and environmentally friendly. Through the years, cranberry farming on the Southern Oregon Coast has survived many challenges. In fact, production remained limited in Oregon until 1946, when Ocean Spray extended membership to Oregon growers. Today, Oregon is the fourth largest producer of cranberries in the United States behind Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. Most of Oregon’s cranberries are produced in the Bandon area, where the McFarlin is still a popular variety. Ocean Spray has about 70 Grower-Owners in the state, along with a receiving facility in Bandon.