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Sketching by Hand

Sketching by Hand

Posted by on Sep 19, 2012 in Articles, Field Notes | 0 comments

You can always tell when you walk into a creative person’s office. Illustrations, photographs, books, magazines, paintings and interesting objects surround them. Senior concept artist Trisha Stricklin’s office is the perfect example. Inspiration is everywhere. She shows me an oil painting of autumnal pears she created, and then grabs the Tower of...

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Top Secret Fruitcake

Top Secret Fruitcake

Posted by on Sep 14, 2012 in Articles, Field Notes | 1 comment

Connie Dalton’s mom baked just about everything. So, when Connie was growing up she skipped the Easy-Bake Oven and went straight for the real thing, making cookies and bread. She doesn’t often make more than pies during the holidays because baking is now her full-time job. She spends her days as a development technician in the Harry & David bakery,...

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All For The Perfect Pear

All For The Perfect Pear

Posted by on Sep 5, 2012 in Articles, Field Notes | 1 comment

Bumping along the dirt roads in a gold minivan, we drive through just a few of the 21 Harry & David orchards. It’s a gorgeous, not-too-hot day and we’re leaving a dusty trail in our wake. Matt Borman, director of the orchards, has agreed to take three of us writers on a tour so we can see for ourselves how the Royal Riviera® Pears got so famous. I...

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Fast Packing Sisters

Fast Packing Sisters

Posted by on Sep 3, 2012 in Articles, Field Notes | 1 comment

For almost 30 years Maria Cuevas has been packing gift baskets at Harry & David, working alongside her two sisters-in-law, Hope Navarro and Gloria Jacuinde. When I meet each of them, separately, none of them admit to being the fastest. I secretly want to see them in a gift basket packing race but I refrain from asking. They’ve got work to do....

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An Apple a Day

An Apple a Day

Posted by on Sep 1, 2012 in Articles, Field Notes | 0 comments

We get so excited around here when it’s time to harvest our Royal Riviera® Pears, it’s hard to focus on anything else. Unless you work in the fruit acquisition group, of course. For them, it’s all about apples this time of year. Starting Monday, September 10, a group of Harry & David Fruitees (like Foodies, only with fruit) are flying to...

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