The weather has been unusually warm this year and the cherries are ripening up much earlier than normal all across the Valley. This is very early for Boquete and we have a looming problem. Our pickers are Indigenous and come from the Comarca - which are the lands owned by the Indigenous. Usually, the men come first and scout out where the family will work. Which farms have good accommodation and good work etc. Then the ladies and the children come and the ladies help to pick.
This year the problem is that the harvest is starting before the kids finish their school term in the Comarca. So the ladies and the children will not be here soon enough and their labor is very important. This is a nightmare. Beatrice and I may be out there picking coffee - any one fancy a coffee picking holiday around Thanksgiving?