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Tart Cherry Harvest
Loading the trucks
Once the cherries have spent sufficient time on the cooling pad it is time to load them onto the trucks and get them to the processing plant, about 20 miles away. They'll soon come back to us dried, frozen, in pies and jams and as juice. The Traverse Bay area has a number of specialty food manufacturers making gourmet tart cherry products.
The cherries that came out of the orchard first are now ready for their 20 mile trip to the processor. Casey straps the load down. The truck is loaded with 14 tanks, weighing 28,000 lbs.
Off They Go!
The day has gone well and the first load of cherries is ready to leave the orchard. A certain amount of sloshing can occur as the truck goes down the highway. Not too much, we hope! We also hope that the state police are up on the agricultural exemptions from the "covered hazardous load" regulations!
|Casey checks the load one last time and is ready to roll.
"They're done shaking already? No! I can't believe that. I was just on my way out there! Man they must have really been moving.
Hey, as long as you're here, did you ever hear the story about the time Jim and I were up in Canada and we couldn't find our car, so we had to walk all the way from..."
Tart Cherry Harvest Photo Album