Saturday, May 16, 2015
Harry & David Factory Tour
In the early 1900s Harry and David Rosenberg focused on selling their gourmet pears, grown in Rogue River Valley orchards, to luxury resorts in Europe, however when that market collapsed during the depression of the 1930s a new idea was born - mail order fruit and gift packages. The company expanded to include other fruits, candy and baked goods.
Tours leave from the outlet store four times a day on weekdays. A small bus takes visitors to the factory buildings where candy and baked goods are made, and where the products are packaged to be shipped. The operation is very labor intensive as much is done by hand. The months before Christmas are the busiest but even during this slow season we still viewed the entire operation and watched chocolates, cheese cakes and candy-coated popcorn being made. A small section of the packaging floor was also active. The tour costs $5.00 and everyone gets a little treat at the end.
The tour is wheelchair accessible. Visitors with mobility problems may board an accessible bus or follow in their cars which means missing the narration given on the tour bus. Two stops are made and elevators access hallways that overlook the factory floors. Reservations are recommended but not necessary in the slow season. Tour