A visit with Harry and David
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I know I’m not the only one who wants to move to every place she visits, Medford, Oregon is no exception. Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting the Medford area and the nice folks at Harry and David. After receiving a batch of Cherry Oh! Cherries some weeks back, I was excited to see where they originated before arriving at my door.
Left to right: Maria, Sandy, Rebecca, Kristen, Jenna, Rachel, Lori, Jessica, Heidi, Me, and Bridget
(Group picture courtesy of Sandy.)
I wasn’t alone. As part of a group of food writers, I toured Harry and David orchards, their chocolate factory, as well as friend’s of Harry and David, Rogue Creamery and Ledger David Cellars. We had a splendid time enjoying fantastic food in good company. Many laughs were had.
I had no idea that Harry and David grows and harvests much of the produce that is delivered to happy recipients and has for years, particularly their special Comice pear, the Royal Riviera. Matt Borman, Harry and David’s horticulturist, showed us their pear orchards, and told us about the tons of pears harvested each year. Gorgeous hills full of fruit.
How fun would it be to be there during harvest to watch and learn?
We were all excited to visit the main Harry and David headquarters. As with the pear orchards, I was surprised to find that Harry and David make many of the confections they offer. They even have their own chocolate factory. And they have their own Charlie. No joke. Charlie heads up the Harry and David chocolate factory. He’s been with Harry and David for over 30 years creating goodness that we’ve all enjoyed, like Harry and David’s fabulous Moose Munch.
Heidi, Lori, Charlie and Bridget watching Moose Munch mixing away.
Fresh popped corn, churning with butter and other goodness. We were all mesmerized by the Moose Munch process, watching over and over again batches being churned out. It was like a really good movie, with the best popcorn ever!
While at the Harry and David headquarters, we also tried our hand at chocolate egg decorating, as well as putting a Harry and David basket together to see how it’s done. I had a little too much fun. I think we all did. Many thanks to Harry and David for hosting us and treating us to such a lovely visit.
Also if you’re ever in the Medford, Oregon area, be sure to check for tours at Harry and David. Maybe you’ll even see Charlie! And don’t forget to consider a Harry and David gift basket or their special gift towers as a gift option for the upcoming holiday seasons. (Don’t tell, but I got a sneak peak at the new designs. You’ll be pleased with what they have to offer!)
(My trip to Oregon was sponsored and all costs covered by Harry and David, but as always, all opinions here are my own.)
Amy….you pictures (as always) are GORGEOUS!!! I’m a little embarrassed to post my own now. 😉
Yes, I’ll totally move WITH you…and let’s get jobs at Harry & David! You can be in charge of chocolate covered graham crackers!
Geez, your photos make me look like an amateur. Oh wait, I am an amateur. Forget it. Beautiful photos all around! Loved being on the trip w/ you! Let’s do it again soon!
every time i see one of y’alls posts i can’t help but want to move to Oregon! absolutely stunning – that first shot of the pear needs to be framed!
Such lovely lovely pictures Amy.
I know you girls had such fun in Medford and with Harry and David!
Not to mention the lovely dinner that Sandy hosted.
I’d love a big scoop of that Moose Munch right now!
Hugs from Bainbridge Island!
Hello! Why am I just now subscribing to your lovely blog! Where have I been? xo
Your pictures are bah-yuuuu-tiful! What a great trip!
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Beautiful post. So glad you could come, Amy! xo
It was SO great to finally meet you, Amy! I hope to see you again soon!
That’s where my family is from! Next time you go, swing through Shady cove and on up to McLeod park to pick and eat blackberries on what used to be my great grandmother’s front steps.
Your photos are stunning! I am so glad we got to spend time with you in Oregon! Miss you!
Absolutely stunning, Amy!! I love all of your photographs and the trip looks like it was completely wonderful. What an amazing group of ladies!!
Watching all of the chocolate IG pics were probably the most entertaining on this end. Looks like such a lovely place of the country!
Amy, what a fun trip with great girls! That orchard with the mountains behind looks like Asheville!
You are definitely not the only one who wants to live in the places thatyou visit! Your photos are great! Sounds like you had a great time! Thanks for sharing!
Wow! Beautiful photos! What a fun tour of Harry and David. We recently visited Medford and I know what you mean, the countryside is awesome. Plus Ashland is close by. I could easily move there.
Isn’t it sad that I live in Oregon and have never explored that area? I think so! It’s now on my to-do list within the next year and I can’t wait. And seriously, the first pic of those pears is beautiful, makes me want to chomp my computer screen 😀
I LOVE Harry & David! The fruit you can get from them is second to none. What a fantastic trip you had & your photos are so, so perfect 🙂
Beautiful pictures of a wonderful, amazing trip! Loved seeing you 🙂
This looked like such an amazing trip, Amy! So thrilled you were able to experience it.
I am the same way as you – my husband hates it when I travel. I come home and for weeks dream of moving to ____. 🙂 I can’t help myself. Glad I’m not alone. I love the photos of your journey to Medford. So beautiful! Glad you had an amazing time too with the lovely Miss Sandy.
What a beautiful place! Your photos are stunning and I always love learning about farms and where our food comes from, especially wonderful treats such as Harry & David!