The wrappings of a warm scarf around your neck. The crisp crackling of red autumn leaves underfoot. Basket in hand, you walk a wetland dirt lane, lined with crimson trees and vine like bushes filled with tart wild cranberries, ripe and glistening, they beckon you for picking.
A Sunday afternoon drive through the scenic backroads of Southeastern Massachusetts yield a crimson view around every turn. Nestled among the towns and villages are more than 14,000 acres of cranberry bogs. These bogs are the workplaces of the nearly 400 cranberry growing families. For generations they have nurtured and cultivated these wetlands, contributed to their communities, provided shelter and habitat for hundreds of plants and animal species, and helped to preserve the beautiful New England countryside. The cranberry is a Native American wetland fruit which grows on trailing vines like a strawberry. The growing season begins in April, with the emergence of white and pink blossoms and ends with harvesting fruit in November. Cranberries are grown through the northern part of the United States and Canada, as these regions offer the special conditions that cranberries require, including sandy soil; abundant fresh water and a dormancy period that provides enough chill to produce a crop the following growing season.
Cranberries are rich in antioxidants, and scientists believe that it is the combined actions of many different phytochemicals that contribute to their overall effects. These antioxidants can reduce oxidative damage to cells. Take a walk down B.Witching's Cranberry Lane and savor the ruby colored fruit for enjoyment, no matter what the season.