Here, we don’t rush nature. We let our cranberries take their time. Since the very beginning, we’ve practiced an organic agriculture, with neither fertilizers nor chemical pesticides. We remove all weeds by hand, and we do not ask more of nature than what it already provides. You can taste the result : cranberries that are larger, softer, better tasting, and of better quality.

Welcome to Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, a tiny corner of nature in Québec, home to 700 people and millions of cranberries. These little berries thrive in the sandy, acidic soil that makes up much of Centre-du-Québec and the land surrounding the village—land that is often overlooked as being less rich by traditional agriculture, but on which both our berries and our people flourish.

Like many fruit shrubs, the cranberry is a hardy plant that has learned to adapt to its northern soil. Contrary to popular belief, cranberries do not grow in water. Rather, cranberry fields are flooded at harvest time to make berry-picking easier, a scene that is always spectacular to watch.

Since the very beginning, we have practiced organic farming, and are always striving to reduce our ecological footprint. For instance, we utilize a “closed circuit” watering system, in which rainwater and snowmelt are collected in a drainage basin and then used to irrigate the fields and flood them at harvest time.

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