Kennedy Orchards (above) and Meesters Farm (below) were displaying the early apple harvest at the Collingwood Downtown Farmers’ Market on Saturday September 15th.
Farmers’ Market Takes On A Fall Feel
The Collingwood Downtown Farmers’ Market was definately taking on a fall feel on Saturday September 15th. Vendors were showing the beginning of the fall harvest, and in this part of the world, that means the apples are ready!
According to the Ontario Apple Growers Association, close to 20 different varieties of apples are grown on 16,000 acres in Ontario. The province’s major apple-producing areas in Ontario can be fund along the shores of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. These large, deep bodies of water help moderate temperatures, which makes Ontario an ideal place to grow apples!
In the South Georgian Bay Region, popular varieties include McIntosh, Northern Spy, Gala, Empire, Cortland and of course, the most popular, Honey Crisp. The same growing conditions found along southern Georgian Bay for McIntosh apply to HoneyCrisp, This variety is excellent for both eating and baking.
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