85% of Australia’s pears are grown in and around the town of Shepparton in the Goulburn Valley, Victoria. Starting towards the end of January and continuing for about six weeks means that the season falls nicely after the mainland cherry season.
Have you ever heard about swede trimming? Do you even know what a swede is? Celia and Ben tried this job in Tasmania. Read this interview to discover a new part of the picking trail!
Welcome to the freak show! This art project came to my mind while picking those damn lovely apples in New Zealand. As every apple picker knows, it can be a pretty boring job (not to mention how hard is it on the body). My days went suddenly a lot faster…
People tend to think that New Zealander got their nickname “Kiwis” from the kiwifruit! Sorry to disappoint you, but this nickname actually comes from a rare native bird, that also gave his name to the kiwifruit (formerly known as the Chinese Gooseberry, as it’s originating from China)! Now that everything…
Cherry season is now over in the southern hemisphere, we all know what that means: the end of summer (how sad is that… but don’t cry too much, cherries will be back next year!). Thanks to Camille Cherry, we will now be able to remember all the highlights of the…
Everything you need to know to prepare your apple picking season in Australia. Location, period, bin rates, special tips.
Even if Australia is a lot bigger than New Zealand, its apple production is slightly smaller: the total harvest was estimated at 300 000 tonnes in 2014. It represents at least 4300 apple picking jobs over the apple season.
Everything you need to know to prepare your apple picking season in New Zealand. Location, period, bin rates, special tips
The apple production in New Zealand is a huge sector for such a small country. The estimated crop for 2014 was close to 500 000 tonnes
What job would best suit you?
When you first start looking for a picking job, you often don’t realize that actually, many of them don’t involve any picking at all. If it’s true that harvesting a crop in an orchard employs pickers, processing those products usually requires more seasonal workers than the picking itself
Don’t miss the early season!
Even compared to Australia, New Zealand is a small cherry producer with only one major production area : Central Otago. There are some early orchards in the North Island around Hastings, and in the South Island around Blenheim, but they are quite small and all together, they represent only a few picking jobs : that’s why it’s so important to contact them 2 or 3 month in advance to book one!
Up to 100 picking days !
Australia has one of the longest cherry season in the world, which is permitted by a diversity of production areas through different climatic zones. Cherry picking can start there as early as October 15-20th and can last till February 20th.