At King Estate we are best known for our wines, but we also have over 30 acres of organic orchards and gardens which produce a variety or fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Much of the estate harvest is used in our bakery and restaurant, but a considerable amount is also donated to FOOD for Lane County. This year’s Bartlett Pear harvest proved to be plentiful, and we were able to donate approximately 10,800 pounds of pears to the local food bank. Bartlett Pears have to be picked from the tree before they are ripe in order to avoid a pithy texture. We harvested approximately 10.5 tons of the delicious fruit, which took 10 people about 18 hours to pick. 5,092 pounds were sold to a distributor for the Bethel and 4-J school districts, 200 pounds went directly to The Village School, a charter school in Eugene, and 175 pounds went to a CSA based in Bend. The remaining pears were purchased by employees and of course used in our estate restaurant and bakery.