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How Do I Choose the Best Fruit Picking Jobs?

A man picks strawberries on a farm.
Kiwi fruit growing on the vine.
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Picking fruit can be a lucrative side job, but it also requires physical stamina and hard work. When looking for the best fruit picking jobs, you should consider how much the job pays and any extras that you may get. Some farms that hire pickers, for instance, may also offer their workers a place to stay and some meals. Most farms also don't have a problem with workers sampling the fruit, so you should choose a fruit farm that grows fruit you like. You may also want to take into consideration the hours necessary, and whether you would prefer to work on a large farm or a small farm.

Several types of people can benefit from fruit picking jobs. These types of temporary farm jobs are an excellent way for travelers and students to make a little extra money. Fruit pickers should be in excellent physical shape, since this job is all about hard work.

You will most likely want to take into account the amount of money that you could earn when considering fruit picking jobs. Some farms will pay you hourly, since this usually results in fewer bruises and blemishes on the fruit. Other farms, however, may pay their fruit pickers a certain price for each container of fruit picked. If you can work very fast, you will usually be able to earn more money at these types of fruit picking jobs.

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A few fruit farms may also offer their fruit pickers a place to stay as well as some meals. This can come in very handy for travelers. These accommodations, however, are usually very basic. You may also have to pay a small fee for these privileges, but this fee is usually much less than that of a motel, hostel, or inn.

Depending on the farm, you might also be able to enjoy some of the fruit that you pick. For this reason, you should consider fruit picking jobs that involve picking fruit that you like. Since some farms may view this as stealing, however, you should first check with a supervisor before snacking on the merchandise at lunchtime.

The hours of fruit picking jobs will usually vary, depending on the farms. Some fruit farms may require that you start very early in the morning and work just until the afternoon. Other farms, however, may give you the option to work from early morning until dusk. Although these are longer hours, they will give you the opportunity to make more money.

Fruit picking jobs are available on both large fruit farms and small ones. Large-scale fruit farms may have a more rigid and structured picking operation. The supervisors and workers at small-scale farms, on the other hand, may be a little more relaxed and laid back.

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