The branding of greenhouse vegetables – and fruits – has reached such sophistication that a kitchen was built inside the new marketing quarters of Pure Hothouse Foods’ sprawling greenhouse at Leamington, Ontario. Chris Veillon, chief marketing officer for the Pure Flavor brand consults with in-house chef Michael Giannotti on a new recipe for the next edition of the Live Deliciously eMagazine.
The art of crop load management in orchards is about to become more automated thanks to Jenny Lemieux, co-founder and CEO of Vivid Machines. She huddles with Kirk Kemp, owner of Algoma Orchards, Newcastle, Ontario on advancements in sensors and machine learnings to detect and count blossoms and fruitlets in high-density apples.
Since 1952, the Komienski family has been trucking produce to market at the Ontario Food Terminal. As Tom Komienski explains to operations manager Gary DaSilva, the fourth generation is now managing more than a thousand acres near Scotland, Ontario.
The federal carbon tax has gone up 11 cents/litre for gasoline and diesel. Yet tillage work must continue. This 12-foot wide cultivator, for example, is used in one pass to bury the leftover ‘fruit mummies.’ Used in every other row, the practice reduces disease inoculum in this peach orchard at Tregunno Farms, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.
The window of opportunity is opening for more strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries in Canada, as demand increases for domestically grown fruits throughout the year. This contract worker is trimming runners in a 25-acre greenhouse retrofitted by BC Hothouse in Delta, British Columbia.