Bartlett pears are the fist variety of pears to come into season that we grow. They ripen up to be very sweet and very soft. When fully ripened the Bartlett pear is solid yellow and is very soft near its stem. Sometimes there is a red blush on the Bartlett, this means that this pear was on the outside of the tree and got sunkissed. There is nothing wrong with this spot. Bartletts have very sensitive skins that show even the lightest bruise or scrape. Most imperfections in the fruit are only skin deep and the rest of the fruit is fine. If there is a black spot surrounding either the top or bottom of the pear it is likely rotten all of the way through.

Arrives: Late September

Departs: Mid-December

Hosui Asian

Hosui Asian pears are one of the sweetest fruit we grow. All Asian pears are very sweet but the Hosui is more acidic than most. They are crisp and extremely juicy. They don’t dry well because of their high water content. Hosui Asian pears ripen up from a dull greenish brown to a bright vibrant gold and should never get soft. The skin is very thick which helps the fruit prevent rot. Unfortunately because of the high water and sugar content as soon as the fruit begins to rot the entire fruit will go bad.

Arrives: Late September

Departs: Late October


D’Anjou pears are the final pears to come into season that we grow. When the D’Anjou first comes off of the tree its flavor isn’t all too impressive. It is only of the only fruits that need to sit and mature off of the tree. After about a month of being off of the tree the D’Anjou gets a strong rich and sweet flavor. The D’Anjou pear was originally cultivated in Anjou France. This is where the pear gets its name, which literally mean “of Anjou” in French. The D’Anjou pear is great for salads and baking because while still being a soft sweet pear, the D’Anjou holds it shape well and wont fall apart into mush. When under ripe, the D’Anjou still has a high sugar content making them a very popular pear to eat before it is all of the way ripened.

Arrives: Early October

Departs: Late June

Organic vs. Non-Organic

Here at Martin Family Orchards we pride ourselves on growing our fruit in a way that we think is clean and responsible. We are not Organic certified but we do have a Global Gap certification. The Global Gap certification is a different certification process than Organic, through a different company, with different guidelines. Like Organic, Global Gap has restrictions on what kind of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and fertilizers you can use. As opposes to popular belief, Organic does not mean “no spray” especially with tree grown fruit. There are plenty of Organic certified pesticide that are commonly used, and we even use some of them. With Global Gap we think we can grow in a way that is clean, responsible, and produces some great fruit.


Our pears are very sweet, juicy and soft. Between the Bartlett, Hosui Asian, and D’Anjou, we have a good variety of seasonal availability, sweetness, and diversity of flavor.

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