Apple Picking: Not Your Usual 9 to 5 Job

For those folks who can't abide a 9 to 5 job, apple picking is a seasonal job with little experience needed, just hard work to earn a decent wage.

| July/August 1970

Fruit picking seasonal job

Most orchardists provide housing, especially if you get there early in the harvest. Even if you don't, the turn-over is fantastic (because the winos go on benders and split), so there's almost never a lack of jobs.

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Reprinted with permission from Spokane Natural. 

The average American adult seems to believe that laziness rates high on the list of musts for being a (cringe) hippie. Actually, though the majority of heads shun the typical nine-to-five mind-shrinking drudge, most members of the disestablishment not only find it necessary to search out some gainful employment ... but can really dig working. Under the right conditions.

Unfortunately, the number of jobs available to young people even verging on freakiness is quite limited. Especially around Spokane. Those jobs that are open are often quite distasteful and short-lived.

Since many heads like to work hard for part of the year and reap the benefits the rest of the time, the ideal job for such people would be a seasonal occupation. One that pays proportionately to the amount of labor involved. A job open to anyone capable of handling the work — freaky or not.

We've found one occupation we'd like to recommend to those of you looking for this sort of deal: apple picking.

Last year, a couple we know decided to pick apples for the fall and were so monetarily successful and spoke so highly of the experience that this year, prompted by a fruit growing co-op's ad in the Spokane papers, we decided to try it ourselves.

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