Harvest in Ayvalik, Turkey

Where a picture is worth a thousand words.

a bag of picked olives beside bamboo beating sticks

Trying my hand with a small 'rake'

the ladies helping from the bottom

the boys from the top

the electric 'rakes'

the details

removing some of the leafy debris

busy ladies all

high gear in Bitritto, Italy

olives rain down

are collected

go on to the processing plant

Placing the ground clothes..note the clamp-like end to the pole which grasps and shakes a young tree.

fresh half ripe olives

and on Crete
generator powered 'rakes' and a family operation in full swing

everyone helps