By Edward Willett
Copyright © 2012 by Edward Willett
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This story was originally published in On Spec magazine, and was later recorded for CBC Radio and broadcast nationally on a series hosted by Nalo Hopkinson that highlighted speculative fiction writing from across the country. The inspiration came from my years as a reporter and then news editor of the weekly Weyburn Review. Every spring, people would bring in funny vegetables: tomatoes with noses, potatoes that looked like John G. Diefenbaker, embarrassingly shaped cucumbers. We’d photograph them and run them as a photo feature which, one year, I titled “Strange Harvest”—a headline I liked so much, I wrote this story.