“I think retailers would rather have local fruit,” he said.
Like Rivermaid Trading, Greene & Hemly preconditions early fruit so consumers have a good eating experience, Torosian said.
David J. Elliot & Son, Courtland, Calif., also expects the first pears — starkrimson — to start the week of July 2, with bartletts the following week, said David Thiessen, sales manager. Early fruit will undergo preconditioning.
Based on the current market, he said he’s optimistic about the season.
“We’re hopeful we’ll get a good reception because all of the offshore stuff is winding down and is expensive, and there won’t be much Northwestern fruit left. So it will be a nice market,” Thiessen said.
So far, growing conditions have been nearly ideal, and fruit quality appears excellent with a good mix of sizes, he said.
“The crop on the trees is very uniform, so we think we’ll have nice sizes all the way through,” Thiessen said.