Valley Bounty: September 20, 2014: Pears

Out with peaches and in with pears! This time of year you can find the right variety of pear for your eating and baking pleasure from Valley orchards. Hard and crunchy or soft and juicy– pears love to be baked, broiled, grilled or poached. They “pear” nicely with dairy, so try roasting with ricotta or mascarpone, or poach them and drizzle maple caramel on top! Pears are a great snack to pack for hikes and picnics and will be around well into December.

By Abby Getman of Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture

Find your local pears at any of these locations.


I like Mark Bittman’s poached pears with vanilla, but if you want a really sweet treat, make a maple caramel.

Smitten Kitchen’s roasted pear and chocolate scones make a perfect fall weekend breakfast,

Or try this pear and almond galette from the Happy Valley Locavore.