For Washington and Oregon’s 1,600 pear growers, tending pear trees is a way of life. Many orchards have been in families for generations, and will continue for many more.
As stewards of the land, our growers tend their naturally prime landscape year-round to nurture premium quality pears. Patience and passion abound from spring’s pear blossoms to fall’s harvest, when each and every pear is plucked by hand from branches heavy with fruit.
We would like you to meet some of the people who bring fresh USA Pears from their trees to your table.
THE GROFF FAMILY
“We’re growing something that’s good for our children and for the general population. It’s a feel-good career!”
“My son John farms with me and our families are involved. The grandkids even work where they can. It’s a lot of work, but it’s fun.”
“Everything we do in our orchard, we try to do in a long-term sustainable manner. We’ve been here for close to 100 years and it’s nice to think that we could continue to do this on this same piece of land.”
THE SCHMITTEN FAMILY
“The first pears were planted here in about 1875, and my family has been farming here since the turn of the century.”
“For me it was a lifestyle and then a legacy.”