Vegetables
Like every good Canadian, there’s nothing I enjoy more than griping about the weather. And, like every good farmer’s daughter, there’s usually a sound agricultural reason behind my tirades. Growing up, my father always told me to be a good farmer you need to possess the heart of a gambler.…
Zebra chip disease in potatoes is currently being managed by controlling the potato psyllid with insecticides. But one Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist is trying to manage the disease symptoms with alternative methods and chemistries. The disease is caused by a bacterium, Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum which is transmitted by…
Those of us who have had the privilege of trying market-fresh Ontario artichokes likely have Dominic DeFilippis to thank. “I grew up eating artichokes on special occasions,” says DeFilippis, owner of Top Tomato Foods. “My mom would boil them whole and set us up with butter warmers. We’d pull each…
The original prepackaged foods came in cans and, as convenience came to be appreciated by busy cooks, recipes called for canned vegetables. It was easy. But, while some canned vegetables seem almost as good as fresh and are handy to have in the cupboard due to their longer shelf life,…
Tomatoes are a $2 billion crop in the United States, but a common complaint is that the varieties in supermarkets often lack the flavour of locally grown varieties. To improve flavour, breeders need to know more about the types of tomatoes that hold the greatest potential for enhancing taste.U.S. Department…
Can vegetables get healthier?There is no question that eating vegetables is a good way to minimize the risk of some cancers, maintain a healthy body weight, increase the intake of vitamins and minerals, and, generally, contribute to overall health. But, as food scientists study how the many components in vegetables…
October 8, 2013, Charlottetown, PEI – Island potato farmers say they’re optimistic about prices as they harvest their crops.“The harvest is going really well, the weather of last week was a great boost to everybody in P.E.I.,” said Gary Linkletter, chair of the P.E.I. Potato Board. READ MORE
September 16, 2013, Toronto, Ont – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced recently that applications are now open for a new Local Food Fund.The fund is part of a $30 million dollar investment from the province to create jobs and support innovative local food projects over the next three years. This…
September 6, 2013, Lethbridge, Alta – Recent hot weather has helped many southern Alberta crops mature and catch up after a slow start.But for potato growers, it’s also meant shorter harvest days, as producers race to get early varieties into storage, before the majority of the crop is scheduled to…
August 28, 2013 – Late blight was discovered in Southern Alberta earlier this summer, but has been developing and spreading eastward through the region.Growers should increase their vigilance and monitoring for this disease and be prepared to respond as necessary.Rob Spencer, commercial horticulture specialist with Alberta Agriculture, says increased awareness…
July 25, 2013 – To date, there are no confirmed cases of late blight in Ontario, but the disease has shown up in neighbouring states. Here’s a summary: July 17 – Wayne County, northern Ohio – tomato July 17 – Genesee County, (near Buffalo) New York – potato July 14…
Jul. 5, 2013, Toronto, ON - The third annual BMO Food Survey has analyzed the responses of 1,000 Canadians to determine the reasoning that they use to buy local food, as well as what products they actively buy.The top reasons Canadians buy local, according to the survey, include: The food…
July 4, 2013 – British Columbia must take steps to protect and ration water supplies through summer droughts and prepare for more frequent flooding if the province is to grow the its agricultural economy, say climate experts at Simon Fraser University. Weather events that used to come once in a…
Mothers are fond of sharing kernels of wisdom with their kids, like "the greener the vegetable, the healthier it is" or "potatoes are just empty carbohydrates." However, according to a roundtable of experts, potatoes and other white vegetables (such as cauliflower, onions, mushrooms, corn and kohlrabi) are healthier than most…
May 8, 2013, Milwaukee, WI – U.S. cranberry farmers who spent millions of dollars to replant and expand bogs face a financial crisis after a huge harvest in Canada flooded the market and sent prices plummeting. Farmers in Wisconsin, the leading cranberry producing state in the U.S., have been working…

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