Sacramento River Delta, California
California’s Sacramento River Delta is the largest estuary on the West Coast, a fan-shaped confluence of two rivers – the Sacramento and the San Joaquin – both of which are forced through the narrow Carquinez Strait, into San Francisco Bay, and out to the Pacific Ocean. The delta is made up of numerous channels called “sloughs” creating a vast array of wetlands and islands.
A sophisticated system of levees enables farming to flourish throughout the delta, its peat soil making the region among the most fertile in the nation. Here, Rivermaid Trading Company grows juicy pears and sweet cherries, consistent in quality and abundant in quantity.
With literally thousands of miles of waterways, the Sacramento River Delta is understandably popular with boaters, water skiers, fishermen and hunters – many of whom travel here from across the country to enjoy the area’s endless recreational opportunities.
Lake and Mendocino Counties, California
Located north of San Francisco and west of Sacramento, Lake and Mendocino Counties are two of California’s most celebrated agricultural regions. At one time, Lake County was home to world-class wines before Prohibition forced farmers to replant their vineyards with – among other crops – pear orchards. Located just west of Lake County, Mendocino County is also known for its pears, as well as its scenic coastline, redwood forests, wine production and microbrews.
Clear Lake and the 110-mile Russian River serve the irrigation needs of both counties. Combined with the region’s Mediterranean climate and rich alluvial soils, this setting is uniquely perfect for growing the quality pears that are a hallmark of Rivermaid Trading Company.
Today, the region celebrates its pear heritage and agricultural history – a celebration capped by Lake County’s annual Kelseyville Pear Festival which draws thousands of pear lovers to what was once known as the “Pear Capital of the World.”
Hood River Valley, Hood River, Oregon
For over a century, Oregon’s fertile Hood River Valley has been celebrated for its world renowned orchards – over 14,000 acres of quality pears and other fruit, located along the state’s northern border with Washington. In fact, 50% of the nation’s winter pear crop comes from this Valley, which also leads the world in Anjou pear production.
This famed region is a study in contrasts, with western lowlands sitting just 60 feet above sea level and its southern icon – Mount Hood – rising 11,235 feet. This contrast is also reflected in the area’s climate, which is influenced by both rainforest moisture and dry desert air. This rare combination creates a growing region like none other on earth, and it shows in every Rivermaid pear.
Apart from its peerless pears, the Hood River Valley is also the windsurfing capital of the world and is home to a wide spectrum of outdoor sports and recreation opportunities in all seasons of the year, including sailing, fishing, kiteboarding and skiing.