The bright red sea of berries seen during the annual flooding of cranberry bogs has become a quintessential delight during Cape Cod autumns. Native to Cape Cod, cranberries were first used as a source of food by the Native Americans, and later, the Pilgrims. The growth of the cranberry industry on the Cape started in the early 1800s, when cranberries were either hand-picked or collected with hand-held scoops. This process continued until the mid-1900s when a walk-behind mechanical dry harvester became a popular—and time-saving—substitute. For information on all things cranberry, go to the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association’s website at www.cranberries.org.