SEGMENT: FAMILY BUSINESSrnFARM BUSINESS

Betty Sirles>ISM Walk & Talk Interviews>Sirles, Section 1

SEGMENT: FAMILY BUSINESSrnFARM BUSINESS,

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FARM BUSINESS
Betty shows pictures of the "first family", the Rendlemans, that bought the orchard 135 years ago. Other pictures show the bushel-basket era from the 1930s and 1940s before the technology used today. The Orchard also has a retail store that sells other family farm's products as well as the peaches, cookbooks and other products from the farm. Peaches are refrigerated immediately to stop ripening.
CROPS
Betty shows the Jim Dandy peach, though they have twenty varieties. It's very reliable, large, yellow flesh peach. They've been growing it for about fifteen years. A picking cycle for each variety takes about two weeks and about four pickings. They like to have a peach with a lot of color, red and yellow. Betty talks about the different roles of laborers and the duties they have.