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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My dad has work there for 64 years and still working in the heat today. Did I mention he is 77 years old. I can’t believe you would highlight someone that has worked there for 30 and only works there 6 months out of the year. When my dad works year round at his age. He is one of the hardest working man I know. Good job Robert Dewees!


You won’t see blacks or whites in the orchards.


Mr. Gonzalez, just WOW! 30 years doing that kind of hard work. My hat goes off to you, sir!


With the outrageous prices that place charges I hope they're paying him a decent wage.

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