It is time to pick the apples. Row after row of trees, marked Gala and Honeycrisp and Red Delicious: an abundance of fruit that must be harvested in a relatively short time. And there is more to it than just yanking a piece of fruit off a branch:
[T]he job is more difficult than you may think, so WZZM 13 sent reporter Stacia Kalinoski out into [orchard owner] May’s orchard to show what the work is really life…
Stacia Kalinoski did just that and found out picking apples really is, as May says, “an art form.”
The trick to picking the fruit without the stem or the spurs of the tree is to twist.
“When you yank that apple you will get finger bruises on that apple,” he said.
But the twist takes practice and is what slows new workers down. Stacia also learned you’ll also bruise the apple and others just by lightly tossing it in the bag.
“Lay that apple in that bag,” explained May. “You’re handling eggs right now.”