Thanks for helping with this year’s harvest. Here are a few things you need to know.
You must arrive with a mask this year and wear it during close conversations. Masks can be removed only if you are isolated outdoors or actively eating or drinking. You will need to stand for long periods of time and be able to tolerate some sun and heat. You may need to lift up to 20 pounds for short periods of time. A short safety meeting will take place each day before work begins.
You should be prepared to be outdoors in a woodsy environment with the probability of mud, grass stain, grape stain, poison ivy and bees. Appropriate gear includes sturdy closed shoes, long pants, socks, hat, sunglasses, bug spray, and sunscreen. The winery will provide clippers and vinyl gloves. You are encouraged to bring your own lawn chair but tables and chairs will be available.
A wrapped ham and cheese sandwich from Kroger Deli will be provided with individually wrapped chips and cookies. A strong effort should be made by all to wash hands and use hand sanitizer before approaching the food table. Bottled water and other beverages will be chilled but not standing in ice baths for sanitation concerns.
Any participants with food allergies are encouraged to bring their own food as well as a cooler. Those with bee allergies should take extra precautions or not participate.
You will receive a token for each full tub of grapes picked. Red grapes are paid at $8.00 per tub. White grapes are smaller and paid at $10.00 per tub. Both scenarios create an average of $12-$16 per hour. It is each harvester’s responsibility to keep tokens until they are exchanged for payment. Checks will be written at the end of the workday. Payment in cash is not always possible.
Your safety is our first concern. Please be patient as the process of picking and circulating tubs may require extra time with added precautions. We encourage you to take frequent breaks, relax and enjoy your time at the vineyard. Thanks again for helping!