The Canadian Produce Marketing Association is set to welcome 44 first-time exhibitors to the April 26 and 27 event in Vancouver. Forty-seven companies are participating in the New Product Showcase. 

Canada’s greenhouse vegetable industry is in flux as investment shifts to new crops … and cannabis. The first trend is playing out at Mucci Farms, Kingsville, Ontario where head grower Blake Fischer will oversee 36 acres of strawberries by fall 2018. 

Asparagus grower Mike Chromczak is the chair of the newly formed Environment and Climate Change Section at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association. He farms at Brownsville, Ontario.

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) has formed a new Environment and Climate Change Section to respond to a host of issues. Mike Chromczak has agreed to be chair, entering new territory for both himself and the association.

NatureFresh Farms plans to build a new 32-acre greenhouse facility in the summer of 2018 in Leamington, Ontario. John Ketler, general manager, says tomato production will start in 2019. 

Albrecht Seeger

The $4.4 billion Ontario grape and wine industry honoured three leaders in Niagara Falls on March 23 at the 30th anniversary of the Cuvée Grand Tasting. Albrecht Seeger won the Cuvée Vineyard of Excellence Award.  

A major fire has destroyed a controlled atmosphere apple storage facility near Port Burwell, Ontario. Owner Kevin Martin estimates the loss at $3 million. 

A Leamington greenhouse vegetable grower has been fined for mislabeling the origin of produce. The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers has condemned the violations for breaking public trust.

Hazelnuts

Ontario's hazelnut acreage has recently grown to more than 300 acres with more nurseries entering the market. Check out the details for the March 27 Ontario Hazelnut Symposium. 

Murray Porteous, a grower of asparagus, apples and sour cherries, Simcoe, Ontario.

Employment and Social Development Canada has initiated a number of integrity audits in horticulture, stressing growers who don’t know the reason for the audit and who can’t apply for seasonal workers until the audit is complete. Murray Porteous calls the process a ‘witch hunt.’ 

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