I suppose at a nut farm, a tree shaker is used, but we don't own high tech machinery.
Picking them up is like a cross between an Easter egg hunt and "Where's Waldo" since they are about the size of a bird's egg and as well camoflaged in the dry grass and fall leaves.
Fortunately, I like games.
Also I have a willing helper, who also likes games.
Rebecca enjoys a fun challenge.
Especially when we would count as we found the nuts--
Me (loudly): "45, 46, 47, 48..."
Rebecca (on the other side of the tree from me):
"49, 50, 51, 52, 53..."
We reached 100 in no time, several times over!
(That's a drink holder fron Sonic being used as a collection bin-
quite sturdy with a nice handle!)
We have a large marketing basket, full, on our back porch,
but still have plenty more to collect.
I won't have to buy nuts for baking this winter,
unless these get eaten first!
There is something wonderful about having a rich commodity in one's own backyard.
I do not take it for granted!
We also have hazel nuts (filberts?) growing on our property line,
but most of the nuts I cracked were rotten.
They seem to be less hardy and need special care (spraying?)
I will have to Google hazel nuts and see what can be done for next year.
Are you harvesting anything?