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The gnarly pear adventure

Where bear-assisted taste trumps Photoshop perfection

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The other thing these Mighty Mouse pears take on are pears twice or three times their size. They pack a whallop and are just as, if not more satisfying than much larger fruit.

“This is the other thing in the modern market,” says Leslie. “Everything has to be gigantic. I find that I bring sizes that are even discarded by other stands. People pick it over not wanting a lot of little stuff.”

Leslie finds the smaller fruit is perfect for tourists, who want to go around and have a little taste of a lot of things. And that’s the thing about a pear that weighs two pounds or a peach so big you could feed a family of four with it. It is so huge that once you open it you’re stuck with eating a whole lot of it.

In the quest for “big” it’s as if we consumers have indirectly asked growers to “super-size” everything.

So thank you to that bear that ate a D’anjou pear from the Old Airport Garden orchard some 25 years ago and recycled it out the other end — and thanks to all those other bears that ate and recycled the Italian prune plums along their bear trail.

You’ve proven beyond a doubt what great farmers you are in consort with Mother Nature.


Glenda Bartosh is an award-winning freelance writer who eats Old Airport Garden pears and tomatoes over the kitchen sink.

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