Food history: cranberry bogs on Cape Cod

Note: This piece was co-written between me and Joe Legault.

‘Tis the season for all things cranberry, from cranberry sauce and chutney to pie and warm cran-apple crisp. Although this bright red berry is a bit tart by itself, it can be a flavorful addition to many side dishes and desserts.

But have you ever wondered where this versatile fruit comes from? Unlike the other big name berries like strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, cranberries actually grow in bogs, and right here in the Northeast, Cape Cod played a key role in the development of cranberry farming. To celebrate National Eat a Cranberry Day, let’s dive a little deeper into the history of America’s original superfruit on The Cape!

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The Flash Fiction Challenge: 3 More Short Stories…From Joe

In my last post, I revealed a Flash Fiction Challenge my coworker and I underwent. We created a 350-word (or less) story per day based off of Dictionary.com’s Word of the Day. The word had to either be mentioned in the story somewhere or the story could be centered around the word.

I’ve shared three of my stories. Here are three of his.

a brown, black, and white dog lying in the grass
Joe’s dog, Bassi, because cute animals

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The Flash Fiction Challenge: Three of My Shortest Short Stories

Do you receive Dictionary.com’s Word of the Day? I do, and I’ve thought for awhile now that it would be really awesome to do a flash fiction story with the Word of the Day.

I recently convinced my fellow writer friend/coworker Joe to embark on a 10 Days of Flash Fiction Challenge with me, so I thought I would share a few of our favorites. I’m including three of my stories here, and three of his in the next blog post.

a pen writing the words once upon a time

And, bonus: For one of mine, I’m also going to share my brainstorming thoughts on how I came up with the idea in hopes of motivating other writers out there; I’ll share a tiny bit of background info for the other two.

Coming up with new ideas can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be if you keep your mind open and continue asking questions.

Disclaimer: I swear.

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