Pears

Pears

Pears have been grown in California since the Gold Rush. The fruit originated in Eastern Europe or Asia Minor, and it has been cultivated since prehistoric times. Members of the family Rosaceae, pears have many sweet edible kin, among them apples, loquats, strawberries, almonds, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches and plums. Pyrus communis, the classic European pear, gained popularity in Italy and France during the Middle Ages, and the number of varieties steadily increased. In the 1600s, a Massachusetts company ordered pear seeds from a British seed company, and their cultivation in the US began. Western coastal states now produce most of America’s pears, primarily Bartlett and Bosc varieties.

Pear Pairings

Pears, wine and cheese are a classic combination. Here are some suggested pairings for pear varieties and cheeses you can find at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, with wines that are produced locally.

Warren pears with Point Reyes Farmstead Blue Cheese and a late-harvest Sauvignon Blanc

Bartlett pears with triple-cream cheese like Mt. Tam or Red Hawk and a sweet Muscat wine

Bosc Pears with fresh goat cheese, honey, and an unoaked Chardonnay

Asian pears with Capricious cheese or St George and Pinot Noir

In Season

August, September, October, November

Recipes with Pears

Cheryl's Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Pears

Sue Conley and Peggy Smith, Cowgirl Creamery

Pear Gingerbread Upside-Down Cake

Rebecca Courchesne, Frog Hollow Farm

Spring Salad

Hoss Zaré, Zaré at Fly Trap

Chocolate Goat Cheese Fondue with Pears

This recipe comes from Laura Werlin, author of Laura Werlin’s Cheese Essentials (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2007).

Articles about Pears

August 15, 2014

10 Ways Farmers Are Saving Water

As California faces a historic drought, sustainability-minded farmers are using an arsenal of methods to conserve water.

August 08, 2014

Breeding a Better Chicken at Eatwell Farm

Eatwell Farm embarks on breeding their own heritage flock.

August 04, 2014

National Farmers Market Week

National Farmers Market Week is August 3-9! Celebrate by pledging your support for local farms and communities.

August 01, 2014

Rabbits, Pigs, and Herbs in Marin County

Take a behind-the-scenes look at Devil’s Gulch Ranch and Allstar Organics in Nicasio.

July 31, 2014

Volunteers of the Month: Summer Interns

CUESA says farewell and thanks to our summer interns, Sarah, Henry, and Janelle.

About CUESA

CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and its educational programs. Learn More »