Getting to the Core of Agriculture Week
Celebrating Apples and All of the Good Things That Grow in Ontario
Ontario is showcasing locally grown apples, one of Ontario's iconic fall fruits, to kick off Agriculture Week at a Breakfast on the Farm event hosted by Wilmot Orchards.
The province is investing in Ontario's Apple Growers to help increase sales of and demand for fresh, local Ontario apples while delivering products that consumers want. Efforts to promote local apples could include:
- New Ontario apple retail sampling programs
- An event to celebrate Ontario apples
- Culinary demonstrations to show consumers new ways of using Ontario apples
Supporting the province's agri-food industry is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
- Ontario is investing $221,500 to help the province’s apple growers and marketers increase sales.
- Ontario apples earn farmers an estimated yearly farm gate value of $60 million.
- Breakfast on the Farm events, hosted by Farm and Food Care Ontario, invite up to 2000 urban and rural attendees to enjoy a locally sourced breakfast and experience a working farm first hand.
- Ontario’s agri-food industry contributes more than $34 billion to the province’s GDP and supports more than 740,000 jobs.
- Since 2003, the province has invested more than $116 million to support sales of Ontario foods.
“Every year just prior to Thanksgiving we celebrate Agriculture Week. This is a chance to pay tribute to Ontario’s farmers, whether they produce apples, cabbage or quinoa or raise livestock. I encourage all Ontarians to take advantage of the bounty of fresh, delicious local foods by visiting a fall fair, farmers’ market or on-farm market, and bring home fresh, local ingredients and products for your meals.”