A number of organizations hold their annual general meetings at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention, held last week in Niagara Falls from February 22-23. The Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association (OFFMA) has a new president in Steve Martin, Martin’s Family Fruit Farm. Vice-president is Kristin Ego MacPhail, Ego’s Greenhouses. Directors include: Cara Ferguson, Edana Integrated Marketing, Leslie Forsythe, Forsythe Family Farms Inc., Nicole Judge, Spirit Tree Estate, Dana Thatcher, Thatcher Farms, Karen Whitty, Whitty’s Farm and 13th Street Winery. New members include: Colleen McKay, Your Farm Market; Jordan McKay, Willowtree Farm Market; Erin McLean, McLean’s Berry Farm. Jessica Kelly is the OMAFRA liaison. Cathy Bartolic is secretary treasurer.
Congratulations to OFFMA’s Leadership Award: Phil and Stephanie Quinn, La Ferme Quinn. The Ambassador Award went to Anna Olson. Outstanding On-Farm Market Award was won by Heeman’s. The Innovation Award was given to Katan Kitchens/Quinta Quinoa.
The Great Ontario Hopped Craft Beer Competition, now in its fifth year, was sponsored by BASF Canada. The first-place winner was New Limburg Brewing Company along with Heyhoe Hops and King Lake Farms. Second-place winner was Walkerville Brewery and Heyhoe Hops, King Lake Farms and VQH Farms. Third-place winner was Wellington Brewery and Heyhoe Hops. A record 18 teams participated this year.
Winners of the sweet cider competition are: Thomas Wilson, Spirit Tree Cider; Hector Delanghe, Delhaven Orchards; Colin Campbell, Amelia’s Cider House.
Winners of the craft cider, common category are: Doug Johnson, Thornbury Village Cidery and Brewery; Peter McArthur, Heritage Estate Winery and Cidery; Tim Schneider, Duntroon Cider House.
Winners of the craft cider, specialty cider are: Hank Hunse, Shiny Apple Cider with Pinot Noir; Tim Schneider, Duntroon Cider House with Rain Dance, Cloudy with Rhubarb Infusion; Doug Johnson, Thornbury Village Cidery and Brewery with Cranberry and Apple Cider.