“The Fruit Tramp” is the title of a book written in 1957 about then white and black migrant fruit pickers. I read it back then.
Today, these migrants come from Jamaica each year to Florida, start picking fruit there and work their way up the East Coast to NY and Vermont. Then they turn around and head south picking fall fruit back down to Florida. They fly back to Jamaica for the winter to return the following year. They work a regular route; the growers expect to see them at the same time each year.
Any apple that hits the ground is considered a drop and cannot be sold as picked. They’re made into cider, pies or sauce. These photos were made in Vermont.
Douglas Orchards, Rte. 74 Shoreham Vermont 09/16/2005
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