Pear Harvest

Last Sunday, I volunteered for Village Harvest again. This time we were harvesting pears, and it was in Los Gatos hills. The Los Gatos hills are about 40 minutes from me. I drove down some narrow and windy, but scenic roads to get there.

I took this photo while pulled off to the side of the road, trying to figure out directions.

The pear trees we were harvesting from were on four adjacent residential properties. My guess is that this area was once a large pear orchard, but over the years, the land was broken up and sold off. Here are some surreptitious photos I took during the harvest to give you a sense of the place.

We used “pickers” to harvest the pears

The pears were going to the San Jose food bank.

Starting to fill a bucket

We got to take home fruit that had fallen on the ground again (they can’t take them to the food bank, since they can’t verify that they will be washed before being consumed). It turned out to be quite a lot of pears! There was a huge thunderstorm the night before (very unusual for this area), so there was already a lot of pears on the ground when we got there. Then, as we’re picking the fruit, pears inevitable fall from the tree when you’re trying to pick from a cluster of pears, so those came home too.

I’m planning to make pear sauce with some of the pears, and freeze some pears for cooking in my oatmeal, but if anyone has other suggestions for what to do with an abundance of pears, let me know!

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