I’m 41 and I’ve never lived more than 100 miles from where I am now and I’ve just learned how peanuts are picked on a farm. Now, I’ve grown peanuts and picked peanut for personal consumption and it didn’t bother me that you take a rake, pull the vines, and then pull the peanuts off of the vine. It was all on a small scale and pleasant work up to about a half peck.
Last week, I went for a ride and saw a field with about a dozen workers in it. There was a tractor in the field also, doing something. Not having anything better to do I stopped to watch. Watching other people work sometimes amuses me. The tractor was raking up vines and depositing them in a pile. Then the workers would gather around the pile and sit on buckets, and then I realized that they were picking peanuts!!!
After a quick trip to the peanut butter isle at the grocery store, it’s easy to realize that many peanuts are consumed in America. My question: Is there not a better way to harvest peanuts than picking them by hand?