Extreme heat doesn't stop the harvest at Catoctin Mountain Orchard.
Owner Bob Black says his crews work seven days a week and in all weather during harvest season.
In the recent scorching hot weather with heat indexes going over 100 degrees, his workers start picking at 7 a.m. and finish by lunch.
The rest of their day is spent working indoors to stay out of the sun.
He says they wear hats and drink plenty of water, and when there is a hint of breeze or cloud cover, everything seems a bit cooler.
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Gaudencio Arturo Gonzalez, who has worked at Catoctin Mountain Orchard near Thurmont for 30 years, takes a water break Friday while picking blueberries as the heat index exceeds 100 degrees.
Roman Gonzalez picks peaches Friday morning to avoid the hottest part of the day, when the heat index will surpass 100 degrees.
Farmworkers at Catoctin Mountain Orchard near Thurmont pick blueberries Friday as the heat index exceeds 100 degrees.
Gaudencio Arturo Gonzalez, who has worked at Catoctin Mountain Orchard for 30 years, examines blueberries he has picked Friday.
Roman Gonzalez downs cold water in the shade of peach trees Friday while picking peaches at Catoctin Mountain Orchard.
Angel Gonzalez picks peaches Friday at Catoctin Mountain Orchard near Thurmont.