Planning not to replant is planning to get out of business, according to Hank Markgraf, grower services manager at the B.C. Tree Fruits Co-operative.
February 10, 2017, Hamilton, Ont – Hamilton police are looking for $100,000 worth of blueberries and other fruits they say were stolen in Stoney Creek Feb. 5.
The thief broke into a commercial refrigeration truck and drove the truck and trailer to the Toronto area. READ MORE
January 2, 2017, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont – Cold December weather made for an exceptional year for icewine in the Niagara wine region of southern Ontario.

A sustained cold snap meant wineries across the region were able to harvest frozen grapes weeks earlier than normal, in some cases even months, meeting Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) regulations way ahead of schedule. READ MORE
December 16, 29016, Leamington, Ont – Fresh-picked local strawberries in the winter are no longer a fantasy in Essex County.

A Leamington greenhouse is growing strawberries and gearing up to have its berries in grocery stores by Christmas.

The strawberries at Orangeline Farms are marketed as Zing! Healthy Foods and have been sold in Metro stores and at the greenhouse at Highway 77 and Road 14 north of Leamington. READ MORE


“One of the largest costs to a producer is getting the crop harvested from the trees,” says Dr. Suzanne Blatt, a scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) in Kentville, Nova Scotia. “Climbing up and down ladders takes time and care to ensure the workers are safe and the trees are not damaged in the harvesting process. A shorter tree with fruit that is easily accessible from the ground means faster harvest, better tree care and less risks for harvesters.”

November 9, 2016, Windsor, Ont — What a waste! Police want to know who tampered with wine holding tanks at Pelee Island Winery in southwestern Ontario that meant 250,000 litres in wine had to be dumped.

That’s about 330,000 bottles of wine. Flushed. READ MORE

October 11, 2016 – The idea that a red apple is a delicious apple is one of the greatest frauds ever perpetrated against Americans.

The apples we’re supposed to eat to keep doctors away, the apples we’re supposed to give to teachers to show our appreciation, the apples we compare to oranges — all of them are a deep, predictable red, and none of them are delicious. READ MORE

October 11, 2016, Kingston, Ont – The severe drought in eastern Ontario this summer had a sweet effect on apple orchards, according to some growers in the region.

Even though the apples are small, and falling off the trees early, they're also much sweeter than normal. But some apple cider producers in that area aren't complaining, because the hot, dry weather has created "marvelous" flavours in their apples, according to the owner of County Cider Company in Prince Edward County. READ MORE

September 19, 2016, Windsor, Ont – Believe it or not, there’s a tropical fruit that thrives in Ontario.

The fruit in question is the pawpaw, or Asimina triloba, a native North American species that once flourished in the warmest areas of this province. READ MORE

September 19, 2016, Alliston, Ont – It’s been a tough year for potato farmers in Alliston.

Potato farmer Mark Murphy says the crop flourishes in cold weather, which made this hot and dry summer a difficult one. READ MORE

September 19, 2016, Wilmot Valley, PEI – Farms across P.E.I. threw open their gates Sunday to a public who braved wind and rain to learn more about life as a farmer.

Klondike Farm, nestled in Wilmot Valley, operated by John Hogg and sons, Adam and Bradley, is a potato-processing farm, and hard work is at the root of their success. READ MORE

September 15, 2016, Guelph, Ont – Ontario is offering production insurance to tender fruit growers who lose their trees so they can feel confident in growing their businesses while managing risks inherent to farming. Tender fruit trees now eligible for coverage include pear, plum, sweet and sour cherry, peach and nectarine.

“This is a welcome move for Ontario tender fruit growers and we appreciate the government’s efforts,” said Jason Verkaik, chair of the Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ Association. “An expanded Production Insurance program supports tender fruit growers, providing them with a modern and affordable risk management tool that meets their needs.”

Tender fruit producers who buy production insurance can now claim compensation for the removal and replacement costs of trees that die as a result of specific risks covered by the plan. There is no additional cost for this new coverage. This will help Ontario tender fruit producers compete with producers in other Canadian provinces who already have access to tree loss coverage.

“Crop insurance is a crucial risk management tool for our growers,” said Phil Tregunno, chair of the Ontario Tender Fruit Growers. “We have been working with our government partners over the past few years to analyze coverage and implement changes that make crop insurance plans more effective. This tree mortality program supports our producers and helps create a business environment that encourages sector growth.”

Production insurance is part of a suite of business risk management programs designed to help farmers manage losses due to unforeseen events beyond their control such as weather, pests and disease. Production insurance plans also encourage greater innovation, profitability and job creation in the agri-food sector.

Apple and grape growers currently have the basic level of tender fruit coverage. New this year, all growers of grape and tree fruit growers – including tender fruit – will have the option to buy extended coverage for their trees and vines.

September 14, 2016, Kelowna, BC – A Kelowna orchardist believes he's produced the world's largest peach.

The peach was grown by orchardist Robert Hogue, who owns Roseridge Orchards and Market. READ MORE

September 14, 2016, Summerland, BC – Pickers at some Okanagan orchards are scrambling as apples are ready to harvest much sooner than usual.

The owner of Summerland’s Happy Valley Harvest, Steve Brown, said apples are about two weeks early. READ MORE

September 14, 2016, Montreal, QC – The apple harvesting period may come as a relief to many Quebec growers who have spent the summer fighting a contagious disease spreading through their trees.

For the next four or five weeks, all hands at Pascal Lacroix's orchard in St-Joseph-du-Lac will be occupied with the harvest rush as the high-selling McIntosh, Spartan and Honeycrisp apples come into season. READ MORE

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