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Yakima Valley’s crop of pears almost beyond compare: Things everyone should know about one of our biggest crops

Manuel Gutierrez sorts pears at Johnson Orchards on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, in Yakima, Wash. Gutierrez has worked with Johnson Orchards for more than 30 years with his brothers and nephews.

If you knew pears were one of the state’s biggest crops, you belong to the super-breed of knowledgeable Washingtonians. Here’s more you should know about this beautiful fruit.  VIEW

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