Harvesting oranges near Arcadia, Fla. The sacks that workers carry weigh about 90 pounds when they are full of fruit. Dan Charles/NPR hide caption

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Workers sort potatoes in the field, collecting small and large ones in different buckets. Each bucket weighs 30 pounds or so. A worker will shoulder that bucket and dump it into a flatbed truck 400 to 500 times a day. It's a daily load of 6 or 7 tons of sweet potatoes. Dan Charles/NPR hide caption

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Jose Martinez in the Adams County, Pa., orchard where he's working this year. He's been coming to the county for the apple harvest for the past 13 years. Dan Charles/NPR hide caption

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The Salt

Inside The Life Of An Apple Picker

It's apple-picking time. For some of us, that's casual recreation. For tens of thousands of people, though, it's a paycheck — and one stop in a migratory life.

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Filipino farmworkers, including Larry Itliong (left), were the first to walk out of vineyards, prompting the Delano Grape Strike. They would join forces with Mexican laborers led by Cesar Chavez to form the United Farm Workers. Farmworker Movement Documentation Project/University of California San Diego Library hide caption

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