In the mid-1800s, commercial cranberry operator John “Peg Leg” Webb discovered the concept of bouncing each berry to determine its ripeness and quality. Legend has it that when he accidentally dropped a barrel of cranberries down his stairs, he noticed that only the firmest and the finest bounced while the bruised and overripe stayed on the upper stairs. Peg Leg Webb soon had a reputation for producing high quality cranberries. Today’s cranberries face a similar test using a bounce board separator. Cranberries are mainly cultivated in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Washington, New Jersey, and Oregon.