Photo by Trisha Walker
ASIAN pears are delicious, yet underappreciated, examples of local fruit described in “Orchard Obscure” — Kaleidoscope — just in time for this weekend’s Pear Celebration.
As of Tuesday, September 15, 2015
The annual Hood River County Pear Celebration will take place along the Fruit Loop Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19-20. It’s the time of year when the farm stands and businesses share the full bounty of the Hood River Valley.
Pear Celebration is an adventure for the family, with activities for everyone. Farms offer many varieties of fresh-picked pears, pear desserts, pear jams, and other pear treats. Peaches, apples and fresh vegetables will also be available.
Starting just south of Hood River and running north to south and north again, fruit stands and other locations on the Fruit Loop include: Pearl’s Place, Gorge White House, and Smiley’s Red Barn, all on Highway 35 in Pine Grove; Cody Farms, Davis Road, Odell; Packer’s, Highway 35, Odell; Draper Girls, Highway 35, Mt. Hood; Aubert Fruit, Highway 35 south of Mt. Hood; McIsaac’s Grocery, Parkdale; Kiyokawa’s, Clear Creek Road south of Parkdale; Mtn. View Orchards, Trout Creek Ridge Road, west of Parkdale; The Old Trunk, Dee Highway; Apple Valley Store, Tucker Bridge; and McCurdy Farms, Tucker Road near Portland Drive.
The Fruit Loop includes wineries, lavender farms, alpacas, and gift shops. In addition to the orchard-fresh fruit available all along the Loop, some Fruit Loop farms serve up special activities or attractions for the annual Pear Celebration. Admission to most Fruit Loop farms and attractions is free, and most are open from at least 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit hoodriverfruitloop.com to find information about these events and more, along with details about each Fruit Loop business and a downloadable Fruit Loop map.