TALENT, Ore. – The year’s rainy spring, hot summer and smoky skies haven’t postponed the pear harvest in Southern Oregon.
The Meyer Orchard in Talent wrapped up their final day of harvest of Bartlett pears on Monday. Orchard owner Ron Meyer says he has been harvesting Bartlett Pears for about 10 days now and will move on to harvesting another one of the orchard’s five varieties of pears (including Bosk, Comice, Red Anju and Best Ever) in the coming weeks.
Meyer said that after a slow start, his pears are on schedule or even slightly ahead of schedule. Meyer went on to say that although this year’s weather has been unusual, the finish on his pears is the best he has seen in a while and he can only hope for the same luck next year.
Meyer Orchards has been growing pears in Southern Oregon for more than 100 years. On Monday, Meyer said that with the hail storms in Washington and a light crop in California, he thinks this is Medford’s year.