Freetown Farm’s 27 acres of cranberry bogs look like they popped out of a painting, with red carpets of berries splashed by sunlight and bordered by trees speckled with orange and yellow leaves. Owner Dawn Gates-Allen, whose great-grandmother started the Freetown business 90 years ago, never tires of the seasonal beauty.
“It’s a relaxing place to live,” she said. “Except it’s stressful.”
If that sounds like a contradiction, blame it on the nature of the cranberry trade. A crop that is too good can be bad news for independent growers and this year’s harvest of the super-tart fruit — now underway — is expected to yield a near-record 210 million pounds, the state Department of Agricultural Resources reported Thursday. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.