Packhouse work is great for those that prefer to work indoors or who are not confident that they are well-suited for working in the orchard.
The Suncrest Orchard packhouse operates from early December until early / mid-February. From mid-February until late April our packhouse only operates intermittently and it is closed from late April until early-November when preparation for the cherry season begins.
When in operation, our packhouse only operates a day shift.
Daily hours vary as we generally aim to pack all the cherries picked that day but typically work is up to 10 hours per day. (Additional hours available for those on the cleaning crews).
Work is determined by the weather and other factors:
If it is raining, fruit cannot be harvested.
If it rains for a couple of days in a row during the cherry harvest, then the fruit may split and become unviable for harvesting. This doesn't happen often, but it can occur.
Work can also be interrupted by decreased demand for the orchard's produce, condition or maturity of the fruit, availability of packhouse space, mechanical breakdown, and availability of transport.