Thursday, July 15, 2010

Pickle Harvest

So I'll bet you thought I would title today's installment something like: Proficient Pickle Pluckers Pick Plot Production, Providing Plenty Product Performance Proof. But I wouldn't stoop that low. However, as promised, Brian's pickle plots were harvested today. This is all hand labor, and it was hot and steamy today, and even had a late afternoon thunderstorm blow up. But we are fortunate to have a great summer staff who picked, weighed, sorted and graded all of the pickles today. Below we see Brian and the crew stripping the vines of the pickles. Below is a bucket from an individual plot. You can see the different sized pickles. They will later be be sorted by size.
After harvest is complete, it is necessary to sort the pickles by size into one of three grading catagories. The weights of each grade will be determined to see if that is a treatment effect.

Each group sorts the pickles based on examples for the standard grades. Tim watches Jake and his other worker Jake sort the pickles using the examples on the floor.

I'll bet most people aren't aware of all of the work that goes on behind the scenes of filling that jar with pickles in the store. So that was a big project and I'm sure they are glad to be done. Brian and crew have already been harvesting broccoli and cauliflower plus other odds and ends, and there is plenty more to come. Stay tuned.