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.
Located in the northern portion of California’s Central Valley, Lodi has long been heralded as a successful wine production region. Fortunately for Rivermaid Trading Company, the same climate and soil responsible for growing excellent wine grapes also produces some of the world’s finest Bing cherries.
Its cool, wet winters and hot, dry summers make Lodi the ideal place for growing the Rivermaid Bing cherry variety. The region’s average 17” annual rainfall is bolstered by abundant water from the nearby Sacramento River Delta, which also provides natural “air conditioning” with its cool delta breezes. Two other rivers – the Mokelumne and Cosumnes – also feed the region’s rich soil with vital minerals from the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The result? Cherries that are consistently sweet and delicious.
A proud community with a long, storied agricultural heritage, the city was forever memorialized in American pop culture thanks to the 1969 hit, “Lodi” by Creedence Clearwater Revival.
South Central Valley, California
California’s Central Valley is some of the world’s most productive farmland, and its southern section – the flat, fertile stretch from Bakersfield to Tulare – the home of sweet, quality cherries grown by Rivermaid Trading Company.
In prehistoric times, this region was a vast inland sea, as evidenced today by its rich alluvial soils and warm Mediterranean climate – the perfect growing conditions for Brooks and Tulare cherry varieties. The Kern River, along with the smaller Kaweah, Tule and Kings Rivers, carry mineral-rich runoff from the Sierra Nevada Mountains, further enriching the cherry orchards which are typically harvested in April and May.
Settlers were once attracted to this unique region looking for gold and the “black gold” of oil. Today, adventurers are drawn to the area seeking the thrill of rock climbing, whitewater rafting and other recreational activities.
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.”
Rogue River Valley, Medford, Oregon
Because the Valley is in a “weather shadow” that escapes most of the rain associated with the Pacific Northwest, the climate is mild and the growing season is long – perfect conditions for producing pears of unmatched flavor, sweetness and quality. Operating from Medford, in the heart of this special Valley, Rivermaid Trading Company is uniquely positioned to ensure consistently steady pear supplies.
Popular with whitewater rafters and hikers, the Rogue River is also known for being a thriving freshwater habitat for oceangoing salmon and steelhead, as well as home to a diversity of plant and animal life unparalleled anywhere in the Pacific Northwest.
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.