Some time ago I decided to just do just a certain amount of weddings in this season. (Much less than the previous seasons.) As much as i love shooting weddings, I realised i had to make time for things like documentary and “other” shoots. So when Jeanelde called me to do an inquiry for a “farm shoot” in Citrusdal, I was so excited – I could actually say yes! I spend about 2 days on the farm, as Jeanelde and her husband, Boet (Mouton) drove me around, showing me all the steps and processes of farming with citrus and a bit of Rooibos. WOW! Growing up in the Overberg with it’s grain fields and sheep, i knew nothing about this type of farming. Boet was so patient explaining everything to me as we were shooting. They are so excited about their farms, the business side of it and building relationship with the literally hundreds of people working on the farm. Its like a small town! Growing trees, planting trees, growing the fruit, picking, washing, sorting, packing, keeping health regulations, transport, planning, schooling the children, managing the working teams, marketing, looking after the elderly and so MUCH more!
They export their oranges, so if you live in USA, keep your eyes open for Mouton Oranges in for instance Costco! I ate a few, they are definitely worth your while and on top of that, proudly South African. Here are a few from the shoot:
These cows were just too cute not to photograph, so they also made it into the “oranges” post:
Could you guess what plant this is? Rooibos! (Red bush tea plant)
Some of the awesome ingredient of the teas they are starting te make!!!