The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers intend to launch virtual town halls to combat misinformation about how the sector is handling the COVID-19 virus. Joe Sbrocchi, general manager, says the association would welcome mandatory testing provided both seasonal and domestic workers participate.

While the BC blueberry harvest has only just begun, BC’s growers are struggling to salvage their crop. The industry is facing significant challenges due to poor weather conditions and a shortage in labour.

Photo by Glenn Lowson

In many parts of Canada, specifically New Brunswick through to Saskatchewan, hot and dry conditions are prevailing. Some Manitoba growers, for example, feel “the top has been taken off their yield potential” according to a July 23 report from United Potato Growers of Canada. 

Field cucumbers are the second most valuable processing crop in Ontario with a farmgate value topping $11 million. Farming near Chatham, Ontario, Krystle VanRoboys takes a moment from her mechanical harvester to examine the size and quality of the cukes destined for pickles.

Let’s salute all the people who put food on our tables, says Food Day Canada founder Anita Stewart. Toronto’s CN Tower and other iconic structures will be lit red and white from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland. Raise awareness by tweeting #FoodDayCanada.