Big Barn Organics is the newest passion of Solle Farms. Over the past 6 years, orchardist Jen Kroner has been quietly introducing new pear varieties into our Southern block. We now have 9 different organic varieties from the traditional to the newer Asian styles. Look for them in the Gorge at Mothers Market, Rasmussens & the Farm Stand or in Portland at various locations.
Bosc -the “aristocrat of pears” with a long tapering neck and russeted skin. Crisp and smooth
Bartlett -the most common pear -what you think of when you think of ‘pear shaped’. A yellow summer pear, delicious right off the tree but also holds its shape well when baked or canned
Abate Fetel -this one is Jen’s favorite variety to ‘taste test’
Comice -among the sweetest and juiciest of all varieties of pears, commonly found in holiday gift boxes and baskets
Concorde -a hybrid of the Conference and Comice pears, ideal for cooking or baking due to it’s firm texture and vanilla-sweetness)
Olympic (Asian) -large and round with a crisp, juicy, sweet taste. One of the best tasting pears and the preferred Korean Asian Pear.
20th Century (Asian) -medium-size fruit with firm white flesh and refreshingly bold, sweet-tart flavor