Ode to Hands~October 28, 2014

By October 30, 2014 Farm News

Here are the hands whom pick for us all season. Here are the hands that prune during the cold winter months and thin every single tree all spring and summer long.

hands I 1014Here are the hands that in July, started picking Bing, Skeena and Sweetheart cherries. Then picked Earlistar, Rising Star, Blazingstar, PF-7 and PF-7A peaches.

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Here are the hands that pick Redhaven, Newhaven, Rosa, Starfire, Suncrest, Coralstar, Blushing Star, Glowingstar, and Allstar peaches, Sansa, Zestar!, Alkmene, Gala, and Golden Supreme apples all through the dog days of August and early September.

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Here are the hands that pick Shiro, Santa Rosa, Friar, Black Amber, Fortune plums and Bartlett pears.  Hear are the hands that pick Jonathan, Swiss Gourmet, Macintosh, Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Ashmead’s Kernel, Cox’s Orange Pippin, Esopus Spitzenburg, Freyburg, Karminjen Sonneville apples, Cresthaven, JH Hale and O’Henry peaches.

Here are the hands that continue to pick through the cool fall mornings with gloves and warm hats waiting for the sun to stream through the trees, dry the dew or rain, and warm your bones. Stanley, Italian and Elephant Heart plums. Harrow Sweet pears, then Pitmaston Pineapple, Hubbardson’s Nonesuch, Empire, Golden Delicious apples in September and early October.

Now it’s the end October and your hands felt every fruit of the Fuji’s, Granny Smith, Braeburn and Goldrush apples.  They have picked the last few of the Comice, Bosc and Asian pears.  For four months these hands picked heirloom tomatoes.

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So on this last day of harvest, we thank each and every one of these forty hands. We could not do what we do without you. We hope to see you next year.

 

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