By mistake, I arrived nearly two hours early Tuesday at Jones Farm in Granger to take pictures of orchard workers washing their hands after lunch to go with a story about food safety regulations.
To kill time, I asked if I could just take pictures of the harvest and visit with the crew, maybe loosen everybody up before the “real” shots after lunch.
Besides, after 14 years in this Valley, I still haven’t gotten tired of scenes of apple orchards in harvest. I love the weather, the colors and the excitement of seeing where food comes from. Fruit is especially fun because it looks the same on the tree as it will in the store.
Meanwhile, everybody is busy, no doubt, but apple harvest has a much different vibe than cherries. Much less stress about rain, heat or labor.
No wonder Manuel Garcia, 33, sang songs in Spanish loudly enough for everyone to hear Tuesday. “He’s always happy,” said his manager, Hector Dominguez.
However, Garcia stopped when I pulled out my video camera. I guess I was the mood killer that day. Sorry fellas.