The U.S.D.A. in its infinite wisdom pays farmers to NOT produce food. To keep the prices high, the consolidation of growers of (let’s give a relevant example) sour cherries all stick their fingers to the wind and decide how MUCH of their harvest to pick on a given year. This year, it’s 60%, which means that 40% of your crop is not to be sold and must rot on the tree.
Rot on the tree!
Well, we fruit renegades did a bit of patriotic tea-dumping and picked 150 pounds of cherries on the Fourth of July for our school. We in no way even dented that 40% of this particular farm’s trees. Having the full support of the farmers, we pickers had to be surreptitious about it, parking our cars way out of view and picking in the dead middle of the orchard early in the morning. At one point a plane flew over and I had a true Goodfellas moment, getting somewhat paranoid.
About a third of our harvest
So for the price of pitting them at another farm, we have a nice huge stock of cherries to make into snacks for the school.
KathunkKathunkKathunk: This 1937 pitter can process a ton of cherries in an hour