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HARVEST REPORT
Feature Fruit: Peaches

Nothing says summer like the juicy tang of biting into a perfectly ripe peach. This month, we’ll start shipping our impossibly delicious Oregold® Peaches. Each one of our peaches are handpicked and carefully shipped so you can enjoy them all season long. Try baking them into a pie, serve them over ice cream, or eat them all on their own for the perfect summer snack.

NOW HAPPENING IN THE ORCHARDS

You know summer is in full swing when the orchard team begins picking our peach harvest, which will last until mid-August. As soon as the peach harvest ends, the orchard team will begin picking pears for the much-anticipated fall harvest.

Harvest Information

STONE FRUIT

It’s the perfect season to enjoy delicious stone fruits. In addition to the peaches grown in our orchards, this month we’re shipping cherries grown in Washington and British Columbia, nectarines grown in California and Washington, and plums grown in California.

PEARS

While our Royal Riviera® Pears won’t harvest until fall, summer brings other tasty pear varieties to get excited about. We are shipping Angélys and D’Anjou pears from New Zealand, and late in the month, we’re shipping Bartlett pears grown in California.

CITRUS

Throughout the month, we will be shipping juicy Navel oranges grown in South America and late in the month, we’ll ship HoneyBells that were grown in Peru.

APPLES

Treat yourself or someone special to sweet and crunchy Smitten apples grown in New Zealand.

Orchard Facts

  • How do your orchardists ensure your pears are all ripe when they arrive, even when the weather is different from year to year?
    Because pears require cold weather to become sweet, our orchardists pick each pear the moment it ripens, after which we place them in cold storage for up to 30 days. This ensures that every pear in your box will arrive within a day or two of being ready to eat.
  • How do you get great pears all year round?
    We work with growers in multiple parts of the world to ensure that we have access to the right climate to grow top-quality Comice pears all year. Our orchardists fly out to Chile and New Zealand to inspect the pears we select, and we fly orchardists from those countries here to train them so they can provide pears that meet our standards.
  • When does your pear crop ripen?
    Depending on the year, our pears can ripen anywhere from the second week of August to mid-September. The cooler the growing season is, the faster our pears ripen.
  • When does your peach crop ripen?
    Our peaches ripen from the beginning of July into August while the weather’s warm. Unlike pears, peaches ripen faster in warm weather. If we get a cooler fall season, this means the peach crop and pear harvest will sometimes run together.
  • How do you make sure the best fruit gets into your gifts?
    Every peach and pear (the two fruits we grow in our own orchards) is picked by hand sorted in the field. We then use a machine to take 17 pictures and sort them again to weed out imperfections, and finally, before packing, each piece of fruit is looked at one more time, by hand, to ensure only the highest-quality fruit is shipped.
  • How much fruit do you grow each year?
    We grow about 400 tons of Oregold® Peaches, 15,500 tons of Royal Riviera® Pears, and 800 tons of Bosc pears. The total harvest varies based on weather conditions throughout the year.
  • Where do you grow your apples?
    The majority of the apples we sell come from quality growers in Washington, since Washington apples are high quality and can be shipped everywhere in the U.S. From March to July, when apples aren’t in season there, we send our orchardists and merchants to New Zealand, which shares similar climate characteristics to the U.S. Pacific Northwest in many areas.
  • What’s a fun fact about a fruit that most people don’t know?
    In order to turn orange, citrus fruit needs the cold. When temperatures are too warm at night, oranges, HoneyBells, and other fruit will stay green—even though they’re perfectly sweet and delicious. They just don’t take on that beautiful orange hue.
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