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We found ripe pears in the orchard. Well, they weren't quite ripe, but that was fine, since pears are supposed to ripen off the tree. We needed to use the long-handled fruit picker, and I had to call Brian out to help us, since he's tall. From four trees, we got over a bushel--which looks like a lot of fruit....

...until I started checking my orchard sources, and I read that a mature standard pear tree should yield 2-8 bushels. And we have FOUR mature standard pear trees. We'll give the trees a little TLC this fall, winter, and spring, and see if we can't raise their yield next year.

But the pears are good, and we had enough for our needs and still plenty to share, too.

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