Pear Growers on Rebound
After three tough years, pear growers in the Sacramento region are on the rebound.
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Fresh pears are selling for $550 a ton this summer, double the price in 2003, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Local packers say the prices rose, although not that much, and the fruit quality is high, and the harvest came early. Everything went right for a change. Bartlett pears are the fourth largest crop in Sacramento County, with a value of $22 million. Pears have been an important crop in the region since Gold Rush days … but the industry took a big hit when tri valley growers, a cooperative, filed for bankruptcy in 2000. Finally there’s cause for optimism in the orchards.