By Paul Schmitt
The days of mass harvesting cherries with a ladder and pail in hand are long gone as hydraulic tree shakers make their way through Door County orchards to harvest the last of the cherry crop this week. Steve Wood from Wood Orchard explains the hi-tech way cherries are taken off the trees.
Wood says the only cherries now being picked by hand are those being sold at farm markets around Door County. He added that the tree shaking technology accounts for about 90 to 95 percent of the total cherry crop harvested every year. You can see a video of the cherry tree shaking process with this story online.