This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
During the past season I have noticed the growth and general character of some of the fruits of recent introduction - new to us in these parts but old sorts it may be in other sections of the country. Amongst Pears we have had an opportunity to test for the first time the splendid Souvenir du Congres, and it is not saying too much to use the adjective splendid in the superlative degree when speaking of this fine Pear. The specimens that I saw weighed twelve ounces, which we call large here, but it might not be accounted so in the more southern locality of Philadelphia, or in that paradise of fruit, California, yet good for the Granite State. The fruit is fine grained, the tree is hardy, and we cannot see why this variety is not a great acquisition. I have also noticed the Champion Grape, and I must acknowledge it is rather poor in quality, poorer perhaps than any other of the new varieties, and were it not for its great hardiness and vigorous growth, combined with its extreme earliness. it would be discarded at once; but the qualities mentioned make it a possibility to raise fruit, although it may be of a poorer quality, even as far north as New Hampshire. We have also the Brighton planted, but have not fruited it as yet.
Our aim is to get an early Grape that is good; this we must have in order to succeed, for with most of the Grapes that we now have it is almost impossible to ripen them oftener than one year in three. Hence it is better to have a Grape of rather poor quality that will ripen early than to have green Concords or Catawbas. Then we say to Grape growers as far north as we are, try the Champion, and Grapes of that class.