Given the public interest in land use, particularly around metropolitan areas of Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, farmers’ markets play an increasingly important role in connecting farmers with consumers. On the frontlines are Kevin Gallant and his wife Keara, Vanessa, Ontario. They supply three markets in the Greater Toronto Area.
The BC Cherry Association has worked hard to diversify its markets in the Asian rim, most recently to South Korea. But in 2023, its focus will turn to domestic markets with the inaugural Canadian Cherry Month, July 15-August 15.
If Canada is to improve the cold chain for its horticultural exports, then improvements are required at ports. Perishable produce relies on a mix of regulatory factors, global logistics services, smart transportation and warehousing infrastructure.
A 35-acre farm dedicated to apples, tender fruit and vegetables has served as a lifetime endeavor for Doug Balsillie and his wife Leslie Huffman. Their interest in niche markets, particularly cider apples, is their new venture on the picturesque farm near Harrow, Ontario.