Here are some photos taken during the 2011 Harvest
First photos are of a busload of tourists to pick their own cherries in December
Paul giving a talk about how cherries are grown and picked
This is Daniel from Germany picking the cherries to show the tourist how it is done
Packers in the shed
This is Monica, she has packed for us for two years now. Very happy with her work and with cherries in her hair.
Maren, Monica and Lydia
Tina and Grainne
John, Mark and myself with some nice solar nugget apricots.
Some of the men picking
Here is Josh in his second harvest
Luke a veteran now
Landry from France
Laurent from France
Taiowa excellent young worker
From left Mark, Josh, Todd, Luke and Justin
Mark at Work
Cherries delivered to the shed ready for packing
Some of Mum's jams and handicrafts ready for the bus
Our boy Tom, Grainne from Ireland and Tina from South Korea
Three good young workers
Maren from Germany, Monica and Merv
Keran ready to serve the customers from a bus in early November
Tom delivering some fruit
Tom and Keran hard at work
Tourist enjoying the garden
Grainne, Jenny, Lydia, Monica, Maren and Tina on the last day of packing
Funny face cherries the girls collected
Merv reliable as ever
These photos make it seem impressive. The trees did everything they could and carried a good crop. Through all varieties, we had a good crew of workers. But returns on the markets were low with lots of cherries from all districts at once and too much rain throuhout the harvest causing losses.
After the last few difficult years it feels like a kick in the guts.