Andrewes FarmsBeamsville, Ontario

Andrewes Farms
The Andrewes Family started farming in Beamsville, Ontario in 1896. Chris Andrewes is the principal operator of Andrewes Farm and represents the 5th generation actively growing fresh fruit for stores throughout Canada. The family farm is located in the town of Beamsville on the shores of Lake Ontario in the Niagara Region, where they grow and pack peaches, nectarines, plums, and pears. The Andrewes are proud to be members of Vineland Growers Cooperative, and provide quality produce by having a high standard of orchards, packing facilities, and most importantly people.

Hipple FarmsVineland

Hipple Farms
Hipple Farms

Larry Hipple is a 7th generation farmer on land that has been in the family for over 212 years. The 8th generation, son David and daughter Barbara, farm with their Dad and the 9th generation is being groomed to continue the tradition.
Hipple Farms is located west of Beamsville and grows a variety of tender fruit and grapes on 150 acres. They also operate a seasonal farm market where they sell many varieties of fruit that is grown.
Three generations, Lawrence, Charles and Larry Hipple have served on the Vineland Growers Co-op board in past years.
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Honsberger OrchardsJordan Station, Ontario

Honsberger Orchards
Mike Honsberger's farm is located in the quaint little town of Jordan Station which is approx 30 miles west of Niagara Falls. Mike is a 7th generation farmer and along with his wife Dawn and their son Curtis they operate approx 150 acres tender fruit, varieties that include sweet cherries, peaches, nectarines and pears. Mike lives and farms the original farm that has been in the family for over 200 years.

H.W. Smith HoldingsVineland

H.W. Smith Holdings
Jenifer Smith, of H.W. Smith Holdings Ltd. and Cherry Lane Frozen Fruit is the 10th generation of farming family, along with her father John and her son Jamie they grow and operate 500 acres of Peaches, Pears and Cherries on their farm in located in Vineland, Ontario which is in the heart of the tender fruit region.
Over the years they have seen many changes in the industry and have celebrated many milestone events. In 2007, the farm celebrated their 100th anniversary, Harold Smith; John’s father had a lead role in the development of integrated pest control and initiated the implementation of Ontario’s off-shore labour program which began in 1966. Harold was inducted into the Agriculture Hall of Fame in 1991 and John was awarded the Award of Merit in 2004 –NPF & VGA (Niagara Peninsula Fruit and Vegetable Association).
Harold Smith experimented with and then planted one of the first commercial orchards of Ontario’s most popular peach, Red Haven. Smith Holdings built a processing plant for sour cherries in the 1950’s, and in 1964 they established a brining operation for sweet cherries (the only one in Canada). In 1994 they built a processing plant for clingstone peaches and in the late 1990, they introduced Canada to the miracle of Cherry Juice concentrate.

Lepp FarmsNiagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Lepp Farms
In 1972 George Lepp, a first generation farmer, leased his father’s hobby farm and thus began a passionate career in grape and tender fruit growing. Since purchasing his first parcel of land in 1973, Lepp Farms has continued to grow and flourish in its Niagara on the Lake location. In 1997 Lepp Farms was awarded the prestigious honour as "Grape King" for having the best vineyards in Ontario. Along with his eldest son Mark, Lepp Farms proudly produces and packs Peaches, Pears, Nectarines and Plums for Vineland Growers.

George currently sits as chair of Niagara Shoreline Growers, which was formed in 1985, to provide cooling and electronic packaging to a larger grower community. In 1995 he proudly guided the assimilation of St. Davids Produce Limited to help grow the Cooperative into the industry leader it is today. He currently sits as Vice-Chair of Vineland Growers and in this capacity he continues to work for improving the quality and competitiveness of tender fruit farming.

Macsween FarmsNiagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Macsween Farms
Scott Macsween, a first generation farmer, son of a doctor, initially became interested in farming as a teenager growing tomatoes and harvesting cherries on his father's seventeen acre hobby farm. With the encouragement and knowledge gained as a ten-year employee of Vince Pillitteri, owner of Seaway Farms and Greenhouses. Scott's love of farming blossomed. With the help from his wife Maureen, also a previous employee of Seaway Farms, and the help of his three children, Elizabeth, Kevin and Caroline he farms one hundred and fifty acres of tender fruit and a variety of vegetables. They also operate a farm market, Quiet Acres in Niagara on the Lake, for the last ten years.

Smith VineyardsNiagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Smith Vineyards
Rick Smith and his family have lived in Niagara on the Lake for generations.
Rick has fond memories of growing up in the fruit belt and working after school and during the summer on a neighbour's farm.
In 1993 he leased a small parcel of land from his uncle to plant grape vines. In 2000 he married his sweetheart Cheryl, and leased another vineyard. In 2001, Cheryl and Rick bought their first farm and converted it into a vineyard. They now live on that farm with their three children, Evan, age 7, Michael, age 6 and Danielle, age 3, and they continue to grow their acreage of table grapes. Every day they take great pride in providing you with fresh, quality fruit you can trust.

Sunnydale FarmsJordan Station, Ontario

Sunnydale Farms
Thomas W. Platts from Sunnydale Farms comes from an eighth generation farming family, and he is the fourth consecutive generation to be a director of Vineland Growers Co-operative Ltd. Sunnydale Farms is owned by Tom and his mother Gladys, and with the help of his sister Marie Goertzen they operate over 100 acres of tender fruit; commodities which include peaches, nectarines, pears, sweet cherries, plums, and apricots.

Their farm is located on the shores of Lake Ontario, near the town of Jordan Station and on the banks on 18 mile creek. During the late 1930's with WWII looming, the construction of the QEW split the farm, eventually making the remainder of the north half nonviable, and it was sold. In 1985, a new packing facility was built and in 2005 it was updated with electronic packing equipment. This year (2013) they intend to double their cooling capacity at their packing facility to accommodate "pack-to-order."

Thwaites Farms Ltd.Niagara on the Lake

Thwaites Farms Ltd.
Thwaites Farms Ltd. has two farming locations, one in Niagara on the Lake and the other in Norfolk County.
John Thwaites is a second generation grower; his father Ron began farming in 1946. John took over the operation in 1981. John along with his wife Jocelyn and their sons Graham, Nelson and Corbin operate 400 acres of Peaches, Nectarines, Plums, Grapes and Pears in Niagara on the Lake.

This year Thwaites Farms Ltd. have added an additional farm located in Norfolk County and will add Asparagus to the commodities that they grow.

Over the years there have been many changes on the farm. By adding an asparagus operation this has allowed John to extend his growing/shipping season. Custom packing and innovated packing equipment has allowed for more acreage to be planted.

Tregunno Fruit FarmsNiagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Tregunno Fruit Farms
Phil Tregunno is a 4th generation farmer and has been providing Canadians with Tender Fruit for over 35 years, he is also the current chairman of the Board of Vineland Growers Co-operative Ltd. With the help of his wife Lorna, his two sons Ryan and Jourdan, daughter in law Melissa and grandchildren Rhys and Gwynn they operate 700 acres along the Niagara Parkway in the historic town on Niagara on the Lake.

Over the years Phil has seen, and participated in many changes in the industry. New technology has offered Phil the ability to grow organics, new innovated packing equipments have made it possible to grow and pack more acreage. He also participated in the first "buy local "marketing campaign by a major chain store.

Wall FarmsSt. Catharines, Ontario

Wall Farms
Dave Wall is a third generation farmer. His grandfather purchased the farm in 1943, which is located in the west side of St. Catharines in the Niagara Region. Dave now operates the farm with his wife Judy and their three daughters. Commodities which Dave supplies Vineland Growers Co-operative Ltd. with are peaches, cherries, nectarines, plums and pears.