Pear Harvest in Hood River Valley

Well it is harvest time in the Hood River Valley, for PEARS, the State Fruit of Oregon.  We live in one of the most stunning places in the whole country, where agriculture and tourism play an important role in our economy.  The inclimate weather this year has given many challenges to the agriculture community.  Because of the early cold last november, and warm january, and back to cold february, pear crops in the upper Hood River Valley have been affected.  Not to mention the hail storm of a few months back.  Overall, pear production in our valley is actually increased over last year, but is running about 2 1/2 weeks later than last.  Going into October, we are hoping for a dry harvest season, as i am sure the wine grape growers are too.  But I guess that is part of the challenges that growers face every year. The Pear/Wine Festival in May is a super way to promote the wonderful bounties that are created right here in our valley.  What better way to end the day but with fresh anjou, comice or bosc pears, combined with a tasty glass of pinot gris.  I love waking up every morning to the beauty of Mt. Hood, and knowing that pears and wine will be enjoyed across the country and have been nurtured and grown in the beautiful Hood RIver Valley.  GOrdy Sato, Parkdale Orchardist

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