October 3, 2013
Jon Riggleman, of Riggleman’s Fruit, shows frost marks on one of the pears picked during the ongoing harvest. Along with labor needs, Riggleman said the quality of some of his pears has been compromised due to late frosts that occurred last May.
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While growers in the Gorge have found themselves in the midst of a plentiful yield of all types of pears, a late frost and a workforce of pickers spread thin have been cause for some challenges throughout the harvest.