Fall 2022
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Thanks again to everyone who entered their creative recipes that showcased so many ways to use canned Bartlett pears on the menu.

Meet Jake Moore
Pacific Northwest Pear Grower, Hood River, Oregon
Q: How did your family get started in the pear business?

A: In the 1920s my great-grandpa and his brother moved from the Midwest to Oregon to work on a 40-acre ranch in the Hood River Valley, located on the eastern side of the Hood River Valley, with the Columbia River to the north, the foothills of Mt. Hood to the south, and the crest of the Cascades to the west. The valley is best known for its volcanic soils, mild climate, and growing conditions that are perfectly suited for apples, pears, berries, and other crops.

My family purchased the home ranch they worked on, and Moore Orchards was founded in 1939. Today, our family’s fourth generation—me, my two brothers, and our cousin—own and operate the ranch. And our fifth generation is getting started!

Q: What does your family grow today?

A: Over time our family purchased more land in the Hood River Valley. Now we grow 280 acres of pears, 10 acres of apples, and 18 acres of blueberries. Our pear acreage includes 20% Bartlett pears for canning. For the fresh market, we grow 60% Anjou pears, and the remaining 20% of our pear trees are specialty varieties like Red Anjou and Starkrimson. We sell our fresh fruit under our brand, Hood River Hills, across the U.S.

Q: How do you, your brothers, and cousin manage the business today?

A: I manage the orchards, and everyone else has a role in running our packing plant. We packed fruit in a barn until the early 1970’s when my great-grandpa built a packing and storage company, and it took some convincing to get the bank to understand the value it would add before they agreed to loan him the money. Another advantage of having our own facility is being able to store our Bartlett pears after harvest until the cannery is ready to process them vs paying the cannery to hold them. In addition to our own fruit, we handle fruit from five other area growers, and that helps us keep a year-round workforce of about 50 employees.
Celebrating The Roots Of Our Food

The Pacific Northwest Canned Pear Service is one of this year’s sponsors of the Produce for Better Health Foundation Toolkit, September is National Fruits & Veggies Month. The kit includes tools for professionals to educate and inspire their target audiences, such as culinary and foodservice leaders. Explore the Toolkit to get ideas, get some ready-to-use creative, and get passionate about produce.
Did you know that canned Bartlett pears are grown on the same trees as pears headed to the fresh market?

Download our Journey of a Canned Pear infographic and learn how U.S. grown Bartlett pears get from the tree to the can.

September Menu Specials

Looking for new ways to use the U.S. grown canned Bartlett pears in your pantry? Consider Pear Breakfast Gingerbread with Lemon Glaze and Pear & Bacon Flatbread to celebrate these September promotion themes: Whole Grains Month, Fruits & Vegetables Month, Better Breakfast Month, and School Lunch Week!

Roasting Canned Bartlett Pears = Yum

Chef Brenda Wattles, RDN, recommends roasting canned pears to concentrate and caramelize the sugars and the flavor as moisture evaporates, leaving you with a flavorful ingredient for salads, salsas, pizza, smoothies, and more! Roast canned pears and refrigerate so the fruit is ready for recipe prep and service. Try our Roasted Pear Salad with Chicken & Cheddar.

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