Photograph of Apple Pickers Drinking at the Brown Fruit Farm


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Photograph of Apple Pickers Drinking at the Brown Fruit Farm is a picture, with genre photograph and group portraits. Its dimensions are 7.9 in. x 6.04 in..

It was created in the 1930s decade.

Pictured here are two apple pickers pausing in their work to enjoy a drink at the Brown Fruit Farm. During the picking season, the farm employed 35 to 40 migrant workers as pickers. As described by Bernard (Brownie) Cellar in his book “The Brown Fruit Farm: 100 Acres in Orchards,” migrant workers were typically European immigrants or those who had left inner cities in the United States to live the nomadic life of a fruit picker. They traveled from Ohio to New York to Florida to California to pick apples, peaches, grapefruit, oranges and hops. One worker could pick 100 bushels of apples a day.

The Brown Fruit Farm operated north of Worthington for nearly fifty years. The farm sold grew and sold apples and apple products such as juice, candy and apple butter, as well as cherries, plums and honey. As of 1925, the farm encompassed 100 acres planted with 4000 fruit trees and was the largest fruit farm in central Ohio. It was renowned not only for the quality of its produce, but also for its innovative roadside marketing, including signs telling motorists how many miles they were from the farm.

The farm’s original apple orchards were planted around 1901, by Frank Bower, on property once owned by the Pool family. Sally and Joseph Pool came to Sharon Township in 1812, and their family gravestones have been incorporated into a restored cemetery at Highbanks Metro Park. Bower sold the orchards to William C. Brown in 1909, who few years later turned the property over to his son, Frame. Over the next couple of decades, Frame grew the farm with cutting-edge farming and marketing techniques. Frame and his wife, Marie, and daughter, Molly, lived in the old farmhouse on the property that had been built by the Pool family. Frame and Marie Brown both passed away in 1936, when Molly Brown took over ownership of the farm, which operated until 1958.

It covers the topics food and drink, agriculture and farm workers.

It features the organization Brown Fruit Farm.

It covers the city Columbus.

The original is in a private collection.

This file was reformatted digital in the format video/jpeg.

The Worthington Memory identification code is wcd0233.

This metadata record was human prepared by Worthington Libraries on March 27, 2018. It was last updated April 4, 2018.