Potato Growers of Alberta will host its first Field Day Open House for potato growers and industry stakeholders. The event will take place at University of Lethbridge on August 17, 2018 and will illustrate potato research activities and tour the university’s science and Academic Building, currently under construction. 

Each year, 35 per cent of fresh potatoes worth $1.7 billion is lost because of waste from poor storage or shelf life. The J.R. Simplot Company plans to reduce food waste with new varieties of non-browning and non-bruising produce through gene-editing technology such as CRISPR-Cas9. 

Demand for locally-grown garlic is as high as ever. Ontarians better stock up while they can at festivals taking place in August and September. The province’s pungent pride is being celebrated in all things allium.

Larry and Janice Lutz

The Nova Scotia Fruit Grower’s Association (NSFGA) Orchard Tour Program hosted its tour on August 2, 2018. The daylong event made stops at various fruit farms and orchards. NSFGA president Larry Lutz says discussions included managing fruit trees and crop loss as a result of the deep freeze in June. 

The International Fruit Tree Association annual summer tour took place in Summerland, BC on July 22 – 25, 2018. The tour highlighted the province’s apple and cherry growers and also some of the important research being done. New cherry varieties on the horizon have researchers excited. 

Foreign affairs minister Chrystia Freeland met with her counterparts in Mexico City on July 25, 2018. The current Mexican administration hopes to wrap up NAFTA negotiations before they’re officially out on December 1. 

Anita Stewart David Brenn

Everyone – growers and producers included – is encouraged to cook like a Canadian, eat like a Canadian and shop like a Canadian on Food Day Canada, August 4. Recognition of homegrown produce such as these hearty potatoes is what the event is all about, founded by University of Guelph food laureate Anita Stewart.

Belinda Kemp, senior oenologist, Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute

Researchers and winemakers converge on Niagara region July 20-22 for the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration. Ontario will be extolling the virtues of its own vintners of this important grape variety. Belinda Kemp, CCOVI senior oenologist, will have a front row seat. 

As of mid-July, British Columbia’s blueberries are coming into peak season and in Ontario, the hot, dry weather has made for a quick start with very good fruit. There’s been very little pressure from Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) says Dusty Zamecnik, EZ Grow Farms.  

As stone fruit and blueberries come onto market, OMAFRA monitors areas of the province for SWD; its population was much slower to get going in this year compared to 2017, which experts note was an exceptional year.