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Apples picking

At the end of a hot and rainy summer the apple trees are quite ready to offer their mature fruits.
This is the busiest period for the Valle di Non farmers. September and October is the harvest season of this precious product. Everyone participates in this “ritual” which takes up so much time, but it allows them to remain under the last rays of summer before the cold winter settles in.

This harvest requires only few instruments: step ladders and baskets to place the apples in delicately. It’s usually the men that collect the apples and the women who decide on its quality, placing them in their various baskets. The baskets are then transported to the ware-houses where once checked-over they are ready to be sold.