Fall is known as the season of the harvest – and this was evident earlier this month at the MGH/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care. MGH Buildings and Grounds staff plucked dozens of pears from the famous denizen of Danvers, the centuries-old Endecott Pear Tree, known as the oldest-living fruit tree in North America. The tree is named for John Endecott, who served as governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 17th century. MGH/North Shore is built on Endecott’s original farm. Elena Sierra, RN, executive director for MGH/North Shore, says the pears are not what is found in today’s grocery stores. “They’re small and hard and were originally used to make brandy in the 1600s.”