Fruit
September 4, 2015, Clarington, Ont – Ontario orchards have lost half their apple crop this year due to a late spring frost that damaged the blossoms. “Right now we have at least half a crop of apples. I consider myself blessed to have that,” said Charles Stevens, owner of Wilmot…
Aug. 24, 2015, Mount Stewart, PEI – A P.E.I. blueberry grower says vandals did thousands of dollars worth of damage to his harvesting equipment. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Aug. 24, 2015, Pennfield, NB – It’s blueberry season in the Maritimes, but many growers are having a difficult time breaking even. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Aug. 21, 2015, Vancouver – Government must act to protect the root of the supply chain that brings produce to Canadians, wrote representatives of BC Fresh, the BC Greenhouse Growers’ Association, the BC Fruit Growers Association, the BC Blueberry Council and the BC Vegetable Marketing Commission in a recent opinion piece…
Aug. 20, 2015, Okanagan, BC – It’s been a long, hot summer, and the grapes are ripening quicker than usual in the Okanagan Valley. The Georgia Straight reports. | READ MORE
Aug. 20, 2015, Montreal – Chefs from across Quebec will be putting strawberries and raspberries on their menus for the next month, promoting the province’s late-season berries. The Montreal Gazette reports. | READ MORE
August 17, 2015, Oliver, BC – The ‘Golden Mile’ between Oliver and Osoyoos is home to dozens of wineries, and it was the epicenter of some of the tensest moments August 14 as the Testalinden Creek fire grew to 1500 hectares in size. “It came right down here,” said Bruce…
August 11, 2015, St. Albert, Alta – Alberta’s drought was on the minds of many at the St. Albert Farmers’ Market as the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry stopped by to talk with small producers. “We are in a drought. There are many, many dry areas in the entire province.…
August 4, 2015 – Drinking pear juice before starting alcohol could keep hangovers at bay and lower the blood alcohol level, according to new research. The hangover preventative — drinking 200ml of pear juice before having alcohol, though eating the pears themselves could also work — has been found to…
June 15, 2015, Tweed, Ont – A budding winery in Hastings County has borne fruit, and that fruit has turned into fine wine. Potter Settlement Winery, located just north of the village of Tweed, bottled its first 12,000 bottles of wine recently and owner Sandor Johnson could not be any…
June 15, 2015 – When Spanish explorers first brought domesticated tomatoes to Europe 500 years ago, the fruit was already gigantic compared with its olive-sized wild counterparts. Researchers trying to understand the genetic basis of this girth have uncovered a way to make other fruits larger as well. The team…
June 15, 2015, Lansdowne, Ont – The Eagle Point Winery, once hailed as the vanguard of investment cash flowing into the Thousand Islands area, has closed for good. Tom Lawler, former operations manager, said the winery has sold off all of its winemaking equipment and the property on Escott-Rockport is…
June 3, 2015, Toronto, Ont – The people who make craft ciders say their beverages are a gluten-free alternative to beer, but Ontario regulations are putting them at a competitive disadvantage. The Ontario Craft Cider Association says its members are licensed like wineries, but cannot qualify for the VQA designation…
June 2, 2015, Vineland, Ont – The availability of fresh Ontario fruit, like peaches, is a true sign of summer. Buoyed by the buy local movement, both consumers and retailers are keen to have more Ontario products more often – and that will soon be possible thanks to a project…
June 2, 2015, Halifax, NS – Potatoes containing metal objects continued to turn up in food tampering incidents in two different parts of Nova Scotia over the weekend, police reported. Kings District RCMP announced it is investigating an incident where a finishing nail was found in a potato salad at…

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