Harry & David is mysteriously popular, it seems to me. Every year I receive at least one of their baskets piled high with mostly paper and air and absolutely dreadful bags of stale, tasteless-at-best unimaginative and uninteresting offerings. Their "cheese" in particular is far below the 'tasteless' stage -- it's just plain execrable.
The pears, I will allow, are positively heavenly. No doubt about that. Eating those pears must be as close to nirvana as one can come. Ordering them, OTOH, is not.
It's all the games that the internet company plays that send me. There are a bazillion coupons out there for H&D, but they mostly don't work and then when you order they turn around and tease you with a discount on something else only it doesn't work if you click the button while standing on your left foot ... and meanwhile the other coupon stopped working because you were so disloyal as to consider a different coupon.... Etc.
And then it's just plain incredibly expensive.
So 99% of their product is tasteless, it's expensive and annoying and ubiquitous. Yet I feel I'm the only one sick and tired of them?
I got fed up tonight and decided someone else out there must be growing and sending pears, right? So I ordered from these guys: http://www.troutcreekorchard.com/farm...
The above link shows you how cool they are about farming sustainably. A lot of very thoughtful creative practices they describe. And then their pears -- $30/dz post *paid*. Plus, they're still able to send for Xmas. It all looked like such a comparatively good deal I ordered a box for me! Course I haven't tasted them yet to compare with the real McCoy ("Royal Riviera", the pretentious H&D name for Comice pears to the rest of us). Keep ya posted.
Thought someone else might still need to send a fruit gift, appreciate the H&D sentiments or wish to support a nifty-sounding small operation rather than mega-major-national-pretenders (to gourmet-ness) H&D.
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