Cider apples

It’s a big decision to pick apple varieties which are the best fit for their unique cider style and region. A Cider and Perry Production course at the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute helps.

The positive contributions of seasonal agricultural workers are relayed in a new video sponsored by FARMS. For every seasonal worker, two more jobs are created in getting safe, nutritious produce to market. 

Louis Chibante, Golden Fresh Farms, Wapakoneta, Ohio, has agreed to market SUNSET brand tomatoes for Mastronardi Produce.

Ontario greenhouse growers have been aggressively courted by U.S. economic development officers to expand south of the border. Mastronardi Produce, for example, has announced several deals this summer. 

New sweet cherry varieties may be available much sooner. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

Before any new tree fruit varieties can be accepted in Canada, they must pass virus testing in a quarantine setting in Sidney, British Columbia. Thanks to new research funding, DNA technology may streamline the process from three years to six months.

Horticulture is lobbying for a slower approach to minimum wage increases to $15/hour.

A broad business coalition, including agriculture, counsels the Ontario government to slow down on pushing Ontario’s minimum wage to $15/hour by January 2019. Owners of small businesses are five times more likely to be at risk than big businesses. Read more.  

Italian professor and viticulturist Stefano Poni spoke at four different vineyards near Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario on August 3 as part of the Triggs International Premium Vinifera Lecture Series. He continued the tour in Kelowna, British Columbia on August 8 and 9.  

Parching temperatures of 35°C greeted Stefano Poni in Kelowna, British Columbia this  past week as the Italian viticulturist continued as guest speaker for the Triggs International Premium Vinifera Lecture Series. The 10th anniversary of the event is organized by the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) based at Ontario’s Brock University.