Well, not really 30,000 pounds, although it sure does feel like it.
So far, I have removed 642 pounds of oranges from my orange tree. This is everything I can reach using a 4 foot, 6 foot and 8 foot step ladders AND a fruit picker on a 20 foot pole. I’m going to guess there are still 200 pounds of unreachable oranges on the tree.
If you haven’t seen an fruit picker before, here is a picture of one from the Ace Hardware site.
Unless I have no choice, I would rather pay a tiny bit more and buy from a local store (Ace Hardware in this case) instead of having to wait a few days for it (whatever “it” might be) to be shipped to me.
Also, it’s nice to be greeted (by name) by a human when I walk into a store instead of being greeted by OMM 0000 when I log into a website.
Back to the juicing operation.
I’ve asked ET (evil twin) if she would like some juice but I haven’t heard back from her yet. She “hates” oranges, but she likes orange juice (strange “girl”). Hopefully she has room in her freezer for a few 1/2 gallon jars of juice.
By the way, the title is a reference to the Harry Chapin song, 30,000 Pounds of Bananas. The song is somewhat whimsical. Not whimsical is the real life incident that inspired this song. On 18 March, 1965, Gene Sesky was driving a truck carrying 30,000 pounds of bananas to a warehouse in Scranton, Pa. While descending a short hill, the truck’s brakes failed. Sixteen people were injured and Mr Sesky was killed.
The newspaper story.
About this time last year, I was picking and juicing oranges. Well, it’s that time of year again.
So far, I have picked 200 pounds (90Kg) of oranges and have juiced about half of them I’ll do more tomorrow. If I had to guess, I’m about 1/3 finished with picking oranges.
I’ve juiced over 500 pounds (225kg) of oranges and there are 27 gallons (100 liters) of orange juice in the freezer. I have also given several gallons of juice to my neighbors and mother in law. I’ve also given away about 100 pounds of oranges to the staff at the local hardware store and to someone at the school where my wife teaches.
I still have more oranges to pick from the tree. I’m probably 90% done with this project, so there is a (orange colored) light at the end of the tunnel.
I have a huge orange tree in the back yard and the oranges are ripe, so I’ve been picking them before the rodents start eating them (and decide to create a home in my house/backyard). Some of the oranges will be eaten, some will be used for making marmalade and many will be turned into orange juice.
So far, I’ve picked over 200 pounds/90kg (I weighed the boxes) of oranges and I’m only about 1/3 finished with the project.
Normally I will pick enough oranges for my needs and then I call one of the food banks. For a modest donation of money, they will pick the oranges and take them back to their warehouse for distribution to those in need of groceries. This year I didn’t call them in time and the food banks had already picked enough oranges for their needs……so I am on my own.
When my needs are met, the remaining boxes, labeled “free, take all you want” will go out on the street a. And at sundown, anything left over will go into the garbage bin.