As of August 1, Binkley Apples has been renamed Blue Mountain Fruit Company.  The rebranding is part of the evolution of the Botden family’s business plan.

Visit a local farmers’ market on August 5 to celebrate Food Day Canada.

Food Day Canada is timed for the bounty of the land:  sweet corn, beans, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers, peppers, onions, garlic, potatoes, tomatoes, peaches, plums, nectarines, blueberries, saskatoons, haskaps. And apples are still to come. Anita Stewart, celebrated cookbook author and founder of the annual event, is often stationed at some foodie shrine in the country. This year, the 150th anniversary of Canada, she’ll start the day at home in Elora, Ontario. Then she’ll drive to Jamie Kennedy’s farm in Hillier, Prince Edward County where Donald Ziraldo will be pouring ice wine.

Chris Ballard is pictured pulling carrots with grower Avia Eek in the Holland Marsh.

Glen Murray resigned his post as Ontario’s minister of the environment and climate change on July 31, leaving his successor to implement the transition to a low-carbon economy through the cap-and-trade program. The provincial Liberals have appointed Chris Ballard to the post, with the view that he can stickhandle the sensitive environment file until the June 2018 election. He leaves the ministry of housing for the challenging portfolio that includes everything from energy to water.

This year’s U.S. Apple Outlook Conference, August 24-25, will start with a NAFTA focus and an interesting speaker from Canada. John Cruickshank, consul general to Chicago, is scheduled to speak in the opening session. He was appointed to the diplomatic post on March 13, 2017.

Earlier in July, potatoes were under water near Beeton, Ontario. Photo by Eugenia Banks.

As of July 12, Agricorp has received 5,400 damage reports, mostly due to hail or excessive rain.