Hop pickers at Bert Cooper’s Bloomfield farm pose for a photo in 1902. By one account, a good worker could earn a measly $12.50 per month filling baskets with hops or by what was also called hopping.
By other accounts, each day of picking was long and monotonous. Wrote Englishman Henry Johnson the same year: “Hop-picking is over! Thank God, it is done! I’ve wished myself dead ever since it begun.”
(Ontario Archives photo)