( Courtesy Stemilt )

Stemilt Growers is encouraging retailers to plan ahead to include varieties of Rushing Rivers pears in their fall line-up.

“Although autumn may still be far away, now is the time to start working with your Stemilt representative to get pears ready for big, multi-variety ads as pears are harvested this fall,” Brianna Shales, Stemilt communications manager, said in a news release. “This year we are expecting a crop with large fruit size, great flavor and quality, plus an increasing organic category.”

Shales suggest large displays give consumers more information about the fruit and where it is grown, according to the release. Retailers should organize pears by variety and color, she added.

Summer varieties of Rushing Rivers pears include conventional and organic Tosca, starkrimson and bartlett. Varieties available in late September include red d’anjou, d’anjou and organic and conventional bosc, according to the release.

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