fruit

Fruit and veg snack program a no-brainer

We all know diet and nutrition are directly linked to health, and we’re often told we can help make that link by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. Yet, as a population, we seem to be getting fatter and unhealthier – a trend that is most alarming in young people as we see childhood obesity […]

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From blossom to pie – and beyond

This post is part of an ongoing series about Ontario crops that are in season. I’ve loved cherries all of my life. But as with so many things, I’d never really given a second thought to how they got to my dinner table. I knew they grew on trees but the steps between blossom and […]

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Strawberry farmers ruining idyllic countryside?

An interesting headline grabbed my eye while I was riding the Underground in London last week: “Anger at strawberry growers – Wimbeldon’s fruit farm is berry ugly”. Anger? At berry growers? I found that hard to fathom so I had to read the story and what I read left me shaking my head.

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Checking in on the fruit crop

I’ve never given much thought to the origins of much of our fruit. Now by this I don’t mean what country they’re grown in, although that’s important too. No, I mean how they’re actually grown.

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Making a green industry greener

It has a long and proud history – and now, seemingly, also an exciting future that may help make a green industry even greener by solving some major issues facing Canada’s horticultural sector. The new Vineland Research and Commercialization Centre is what is evolving out of the old horticulture research station once run by the […]

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From fruit to feed and food

Although I’ve been home from the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) congress for close to a week, I’m still getting caught up on posts as I finish working my way through the last couple of days of the event. This next one is making me hungry just thinking about it – must be because […]

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To every food there is a season

People and innovation. Those are the keys to running a successful farming business, says grower Gerry Rochon. The Edwards ON-area farmer recently hosted Ottawa area food writers and home economists on his farm as part of ongoing efforts by AGCare and the Ontario Farm Animal Council to debunk myths related to food and farming.

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It’s blueberry season!

Blueberry season kicks off today at Wilmot Blueberries and Orchards, one of only three commercial you-pick blueberry farms in Ontario. Located just off Hwy 35/115 on the road to cottage country near Newcastle, the farm of Charles and Judi Stevens boasts 20 acres of blueberry bushes of different varieties – strategically selected to extend the […]

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