Marlene Wynnyk & Rodger Shankland, Golden Orchard

Modified on: 2014-11-11

West Central

Wynnyk, Shankland

Teeswater ON – You could be in a citrus grove as you stroll amongst swaying branches chock full of brightly coloured orange fruit – but you know you can’t be since you’re in Ontario, a province not known for its citrus-growing climate. What you’re seeing is sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides L), a unique and hard-to-find […]

Vince Tkaczuk and Sarah Biancucci, Bell’s Edge Farm

Modified on: 2014-11-11


Bell's Edge

(Mount Forest) – Vince Tkaczuk and Sarah Biancucci are the proud new owners of a small, seven-acre farm south of Mount Forest. They bought the property in June of 2013, and in the process moved one step closer to realizing their dream of becoming farmers. The two have big plans for the property they’re now […]

Phil and Lorna Tregunno

Modified on: 2013-11-20


Phil and Lorna Tregunno

Innovation drives success of family fruit business By Lilian Schaer Family tradition is an important part of Ontario’s farming culture. Innovation and new technology, however, are what helps keep that family tradition going for the future generations. Fruit grower Phil Tregunno is proud of being the fourth generation of his family to farm in the […]

DeVries family fruit farm

Modified on: 2013-11-08


DeVries family fruit farm

Thirty years ago, Leo DeVries, a full-time carpenter, and his wife Margaret bought a small fruit farm in Fenwick, Ontario – a move that fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a farmer. That farm consisted of two acres of pears, four acres of apple trees and acres of unworked land, which left room for expansion […]

Heidi and Patrick Behan – Moore Orchards

Modified on: 2013-10-30

Mid East

Heidi and Patrick Behan - Moore Orchards

A Royal apple success story Heidi and Patrick Behan clearly know a thing or two about growing great apples. The Cobourg-area apple farmers have won the Ontario Apple Grower trophy for commercial production at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair’s apple competition not just once, but three times in recent years. “We win with a bit […]

The Oakley family – Goldsmith’s Orchard Market

Modified on: 2013-10-30

West Central

The Oakley family - Goldsmith's Orchard Market

Farm market helps local apple growers expand their business The name Goldsmith’s Orchard Market is well-known in the Georgian Bay area. Now, the popular market is under new ownership – and new owners Brad, Teresa and Kyle Oakley are excited about what it will mean to their family’s fruit and vegetable business. “We’ve been selling […]

Chris Hedges – Ontario Orchard Supply

Modified on: 2013-10-30


Chris Hedges - Ontario Orchard Supply

The accidental apple grower (Norfolk County) – Chris Hedges didn’t grow up on a farm. He didn’t even grow up thinking he’d like to be a farmer. But that all changed when his parents realized their own dream of farm ownership and bought a farm property. Chris, who had completed university and was working as […]

McGregor’s Produce

Modified on: 2013-10-15

Far East

McGregor's Produce

Delivering flavours of the season to customers Freshness and flavour are just a few reasons consumers purchase local Ontario produce. And for customers of McGregor’s Produce, they can add quality and taste to that list too because the McGregor family has built their business and reputation on those two traits. “We only sell what we […]

Heeman Strawberries

Modified on: 2013-10-14


Heeman Family

London – It’s strawberry season in Ontario, and that means fresh, locally-grown strawberries are appearing on roadside stands and in grocery stores across the province. And although imported strawberries have become available year-round in recent years, London Ontario strawberry farmer Rudy Heeman says there’s a reason local berries taste best: no flavour gets lost on […]

Erin McLean, McLean Berry Farm

Modified on: 2013-10-13

North Central

McLean Berry Farm

(Lakefield) – When Erin McLean was five years old, her parents made a decision that had a profound impact on her future as well as that of her brother, Ben. They bought a farm. As a nurse and wood-worker, her parents didn’t have much experience. They also didn’t buy the farm for its aesthetic appeal […]

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