Angel Garcia

Shipping Coordinator, Broetje Orchards
“I came to this country at a very young age. There were many hardships in my family, but we endured and are stronger for it. I am no stranger to field work. I still remember waking up at four o’clock in the morning to pick cherries. The bucket was always too big for me and my feet always got wet with the dew covering the grass. It was a simple job, but it required precision to not rip the stems of the cherries and persistence to endure the long hours and heat. I complained a lot because I was so young. I never understood why my mom would insist we go with her. As I grew older, I realized that I learned valuable life lessons that I could not have learned otherwise. I feel blessed to be where I am now and as I continue to grow I will never forget how much work it takes to get the cherry on top on my seven-year-olds’ ice cream sundae.”
“As a young child, my grandmother had a garden in our backyard and while she was cooking, she would ask me to go pick jalapenos, tomatoes, and squash. That garden made a big impression on me and my life. I believe that is where my passion for food and fellowship developed. On Sundays our family would gather at my grandparents’ home to eat and laugh. I believe that no matter what happens in life there is no better feeling than gathering around the dinner table with your family and friends.”