This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The editor of the Country Gentlemen says: "The Buffum is the finest and most symmetrical grower of all the pears, and is exceedingly productive, but the best return which the writer of these remarks has been able to obtain from the fruit has been as food for domestic animals, for which, on account of their rich flavor, they have been estimated as worth 25 cents a bushel. An acre planted with this pear would probably yield, when over fifteen years old, an average from the two hundred trees, twelve hundred bushels, or six bushels a tree, although large trees, twenty years or more of age, have occasionally borne over twenty-five bushels in a single season. Twelve hundred bushels, at 25 cents a bushel for feeding, would be worth $300, where there is a herd large enough to consume them all; or at the same rate for a smaller crop".