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A Mid-Week Break

 

Go ahead...eat an apple!

(Elstar apple orchard out in the Dutch boonies)

 

 

 

A Mid-Week Break

 

Go ahead...eat an apple!

(Elstar apple orchard out in the Dutch boonies)

 

 

 

comments (23)

  • Martine
  • France
  • 21 Sep 2016, 00:37
La cueillette des pommes est sportive.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, it is, Marttine. Not a bad job to have during the picking season. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 21 Sep 2016, 02:59
Love this agriscape, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Ray. I love this time of the year when we pass the apple and pear orchards!
I thought they just shook them down, who knew!
Ginnie Hart: HA! That would be way too easy, Frank! What amazes me is how they keep the trees short like this so they can reach all the fruit. Eventually they will cut them all down and start all over again.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 21 Sep 2016, 04:28
This is a wonderful picture. This is more advantaged than in the time that I was a fruit-picker.
The stem needs to be in/on the apple otherwise bacteria go into the apple and rots it.....LOVE the green here. It is a good season for apples.
Ginnie Hart: I learn something new from you almost every single day, Ms. Astrid! smile Thank you. You know how much I LOVE your apple and pear orchards here....and that you used to pick fruit and therefore know all about these things.
You and Astrid both have very funny photo's up today!!! This is great!
Ginnie Hart: What can we say, Elizabeth: Astrid and I are laughing often! grin
  • Chris
  • England
  • 21 Sep 2016, 06:27
People do this for a living! Very nice too..
Ginnie Hart: Oh, yes, Chris. Your Little Sis knows all about this seasonal job...picking pears, too.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 21 Sep 2016, 07:12
I didn't know apples were now picked like this, Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Oh, yes, Lisl. I think when Astrid picked in her day they used ladders. This orchard is clearly more updated.
I would plump for the driber's job Richard, though I'm sure that can be boring.
Ginnie Hart: I'd like to be the driver for about 30 minutes, Chad, after which I'd want to switch places, I'm sure. smile
I mean Ginnie. Tiredness has got to me I'm afraid.
Ginnie Hart: You have every right to be tired, Chad!!! Besides, I know your English. smile
I'm with Chad!

Fun picture Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Easy-peasy. I'd have fun picking the apples, too, Bill.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 21 Sep 2016, 08:04
such a pretty picture!! lil' red apples on a green green tree smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Elaine. When I tried to really manipulate this image, I decided it only worked to keep it "natural."
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Sep 2016, 08:09
Such are the economics of farming is that mechanisation has to be used at every opportunity. For eating apples, they have to be hand picked to save them getting bruised. I have seen trees being shaken, though, when collecting apples for cider, for example. They are then just hoovered up!
Ginnie Hart: I guess there is rhyme and reason to everything, then, Alan??! smile
Ha thenew fashioned way. It has been a good year and apples are coming out of my ears.
Ginnie Hart: The new-fashioned way, indeed, Mary. I love apple-picking time of the year!!!
  • Anne
  • France
  • 21 Sep 2016, 10:43
Pas facile!
Ginnie Hart: But faster than using ladders, Anne, right??? smile
superbe prise! amitiés
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, JP.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 21 Sep 2016, 12:04
The driver should pick some of the lower growing apples. Sitting there, doing nothing.

If you want to sell the apples, you have to pick them and place them into the basket - no throwing. When they will be juiced, it doesn't matter and they even pick up semi-rotten ones from the ground.

Interesting - one picker in T-shirt and shorts and the other in a jersey and trousers. Must be depending whether you pick the north or south side smile
Ginnie Hart: lots of good observations and information here, Louis. As to the clothing, what makes the most sense to me is that the gentleman on the right could be the father (age wise) of the man on the left. Nor would it surprise me if that's g'pa in the driver's seat...having the right to do "nothing," I would assume?! smile
Things have moved on from ladders and baskets haven't they.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Brian! smile
And it isn't under glass smile
Ginnie Hart: Nothing like the full Dutch skies and weather touching every pore of these apples, Tom. smile
I wonder who are going to pick our English apples after Brexit. wink

Is Nexit really going to happen? Ha!
Ginnie Hart: Good question, LC. Very good question!!!
How fascinating! Have never seen a system like this!
Ginnie Hart: I know, Robin. The Dutch seem to have so many things down to a science!
I just finished and apple. That is a very cool shot.
Ginnie Hart: I suppose they still say that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, Michael??? I hope so. smile
this is a far cry from picking apples with ladders Ginnie...
over here they are starting to use cherry picker hydraulic baskets to pick the fruit....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: In Astrid's day they also were not using ladders but they did the picking standing on the ground (or crates) because the trees were cultivated to be short and loaded with fruit. Easy-peasy.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Sep 2016, 00:17
It looks like a slick operation smile
Ginnie Hart: Indeed, it is, Cherry. Leave it to the Dutch! smile

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