Farm Visit to Walter Well’s and Sons
The spring has sprung and summer harvest is upon us already! We can’t believe how fast time is flying, it truly does go right out the window! We had the privilege to go to our Pear and Apple grower Walter Wells and Son’s family farm during the spring bloom. One of the perks of living in an area that has such amazing agriculture, we can drive 5 minutes from the office to go visit one of our growers!
Walter Well’s and Sons is a century family farm in the Hood River Valley that grows Apples, Pears, Sweet Cherries and Peaches. Gary Wells is one of the family members who runs the farm and was kind enough to meet up with us and show off the breathtaking orchards. He was educating us on the growth cycle of the pears and apples, and some family history. He is a wealth of knowledge and not just for growing but also the history of Hood River. Their family has a long lineage of farming in the Hood River Valley. Gary was born and raised in the valley and felt that his taking part in the family business was an easy choice, despite it not always being an easy job. “There are so many variables you can’t control– nature, politics, costs. The marketplace is fickle and can be frustrating.” So, how does he do it? “Agriculture is cyclical– you have to conserve in the good years to balance out the challenging ones.”
Even with farming’s peaks, valleys, and unpredictable nature, Gary is quick to wax nostalgic about his profession and family history. “Farming is a good way of life. It’s a wonderful way to bring up a family and the sense of community you get from it is tremendous.”
Taking a trip up the valley to see the blanket of white blooms is just another perk of Hood River’s agriculture. We recommend you drive or bike on the famous Fruit Loop next time you are in Hood River and stop by Pearl’s Place, the Well’s family fruit stand! Spring, Summer, or Fall you won’t be disappointed with what you will find, see, or snack on along the way!