Harvest usually starts the first week in August and lasts till the end of the month.
Harvest time is determined by the pressure the prune flesh can withstand as well as its sugar concentration. A higher sugar content allows for a better dry down. However, the higher the sugar, the softer the flesh.
Harvest is done mechanically with two machines: a Shaker and a Receiver.
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(Click on the photo below to see a harvesting video.)