Prolific pears rule Courtland area
Agricultural workers harvest pears for Greene & Hemly near Courtland, in July. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)
COURTLAND — Moving in slow motion this time of year isn't an option for any of the Courtland-based Hemly family, which has farmed Delta land for more than 160 years.
Doug and Cathy Hemly, and their adult children, Virginia Hemly Chhabra and Matthew Hemly, know that time is against them as they move through the summer pear harvest season of July and August at a mentally and physically grueling pace and then push into the apple season; often actually juggling both fruit harvests at the same time, depending on the growing period of each crop variety. Continue Reading