‘Tis the season to be cherry.
South Australia’s cherry orchards are at present in full bloom, with the season bringing pleasure to producers, employment to the neighborhood and a lift to the South Australian economic system.
For nearly 30 years, the family-owned Fleurieu Cherries in Pages Flat has been an integral a part of the local people and the horticulture business. “We produce about 20 tonnes per 12 months and make use of about 35 members of employees, together with 15 regulars from the local people,” mentioned Brett Desmond, farm supervisor of Fleurieu Cherries which is owned by his dad and mom, Trevor and Linda.
“We provide loads of alternatives to youthful children and faculty leavers who’re beginning their first part-time job, giving them entry into the workforce.”
Cherry season is a crucial time for Fleurieu Cherries, which receives 90 per cent of its annual revenue throughout the six-week cherrypicking season.
With the orchard’s cellar door in excessive demand throughout this time, the household has plans to develop.
“We’ve got tons of of vehicles right here on a busy day within the lead-up to Christmas,” Mr Desmond mentioned. “The demand for native fruit and other people selecting their very own cherries goes up yearly. We’re taking a look at planting one other 800-1000 timber, which is able to present an additional 5 tonnes of cherries as soon as the timber start producing.”
For Mr Desmond, the recognition of cherries at Christmas time might be defined by their unavailability throughout the remainder of the 12 months. “I feel the particular factor about cherries is you’ll be able to’t purchase them all-year-round,” he mentioned. “They’ll’t be saved and reproduced: they should be picked contemporary, and I feel that’s why everybody goes loopy for them. It creates fairly a buzz.”