Spring 2021
Non-Commercial Foodservice Operators! Entry deadline for the CAN DO Challenge is April 30, 2021
Send us a photo and description to show off how you use U.S. grown canned Bartlett pears on your menu for a chance to win cash prizes. The entry deadline is April 30, 2021.
Chef Brenda Wattles, RDN, a consultant for child nutrition programs, shares an efficient way to make smoothies in schools and other high-volume foodservice settings. All you need is a commercial immersion blender and a food grade bucket with a spigot. This method is a lot faster and less messy. There are only two production steps: 1) Add fruit, yogurt, and other ingredients; 2) Blend until smooth. Food grade buckets come in many sizes. When serving an 8 oz. smoothie with ½ cup fruit and 4 oz. of yogurt, a 6-gallon bucket will hold 96-8 oz. servings. 

Blending smoothies with naturally sweet, ripe and ready U.S. grown canned Bartlett pears ensures that each serving has delicious pear flavor and body. Canned pears combine deliciously with spices and other fruits and ingredients to help meet meal pattern requirements.

Meet a Pacific Northwest Pear Grower - Adam McCarthy!
Q:         Tell us about McCarthy Family Farm’s pear growing heritage.

A:         I’m a second-generation pear grower taking on the challenge and rewards of managing our family farm in Mt. Hood, Oregon, a premier region for pear cultivation. The family’s legacy on the mountain started in 1910 when my great grandfather homesteaded a ranch, maintained a small pear orchard and built the Mt. Hood Lodge for vacationers from Portland. My grandparents moved back to the ranch in the 1960s, followed by my parents and family in the 1980s, when my father committed to the year-round business of growing pears. As the pear doesn’t fall far from the tree, after earning a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in agricultural and resource economics at University of California-Davis, and serving as orchard manager at Harry & David, I returned in 2013 to run what is now the family farm. Today, we are a mid-size operation and manage approximately 350 acres of pear trees that produce just over 5,000 tons of pears annually.

Q:         What other roles do you play in the Northwest pear industry?

A:         In addition to managing the family farm, I currently serve as president of the Washington-Oregon Canned Pear Association, and I’m seated on the boards of the Hood River Grower Shipper Association and Hood River Supply Association. While McCarthy Family Farm concentrates on pear production, we also grow apples, flowers, and cherries.

Q:         Can you describe the pear growing cycle? We understand it can take decades to realize your crop’s full potential.            

A:         In the pear business you plant pears for your heirs! The tree fruit business, especially pears, has an extremely long life cycle. For example, the trees that I plant now will be fully mature in 10 to 15 years and can stay in production up to 80 years. Our goal is to have all of our trees 50 years and younger. The trees are planted in blocks, which helps manage the orchard as a whole. 

Get 'em While You Can!

Our colorful bookmarks have a quick puzzle on the back that helps break up online learning. They’re easy to add to boxed meals and snacks during the school year and for summer programs.

Wrap and Roll Delicious Meals and Snacks

Ripe and ready U.S. grown canned pears add subtle flavor and juicy texture to savory and sweet fillings in tortillas, pita bread, or wraps.