Fruit growers in North Central Washington are known for their apple blossom and cherry harvest celebrations, but it's the quietly humble pear that's been a staple of the region's fruit industry for more than a century. The state's pear crop brought growers and packers about $400 million last year, said extension agent Tim Smith. "Pears aren't as exciting as apples, but it's a big business here. It's a meat and potatoes steady crop that a farmer on a modest amount of land can make a living."
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