I rode my bike from Niagara Falls along the lower Niagara Parkway to Niagara on the Lake yesterday. Off the parkway I stopped at a few of the half dozen fruit and vegetable stands found along the way. I was reminded how fortunate locals and visitors are to be able to get fresh fruit right from the farmer’s field’s .As I write this blog fresh sweet and sour cherries, blueberries, apricots, currants, gooseberries, rhubarb, and strawberries are all available. Within a few weeks farmer Jim Walker, who operates Walker’s Fruit and Vegetable stand, told me peaches of several varieties will also be available.
I learned that 90% of Ontario’s tender fruit crop (peaches, pears, plums, prunes, and sweet and sour cherries) come from the Niagara peninsula and the majority of these fruits are grown in orchards found in Niagara on the Lake
. This area accounts for 95% of Ontario’s peach crop and 81% of Canada’s peach harvest!