Apricots Cherries Grapes Nectarines Peaches
Pears Plums      

 

The unique soil and climate of the Niagara Peninsula allows our local growers to produce some of the juiciest and most flavourful tender fruit anywhere. With one hundred years of growing experience, growers have determined the best varieties and crops to grow for our soil and climate conditions. You can find these delectable fruits in your local grocery store from mid July through October. Click on the fruit photos to read more about each commodity. Vineland Growers is also proud to be part of the organic market. We produce naturally grown commodities such as peaches, grapes and plums.

 

Cherries

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Cherries date as far back as 300 B.C. and are named after the Turkish town of Cerasus. In the Niagara Peninsula cherries have been enjoyed not only for their luscious sweet yet tart flavour, but also for their magnificent beauty during the blossom period. There are mainly two types of cherries, sweet cherries and sour cherries.

Sweet Cherries

Firm, juicy, heart shaped fruit that is delicious for eating fresh or can be cooked, canned and baked. The Bing varieties are certainly our most popular, with Hedelfingin being our primary plantings.

Available the first 3 weeks in July

Sour Cherries

A smaller round and softer cherry that is too tart to eat raw. This cherry is pitted and pailed and is famous for making excellent pies and preserves. We have both black sweet and red sour cherries available in 10 and 11 lb pails, respectively.

These tart cherries provide powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins which work to reduce inflammation, prevent cardiovascular disease and certain cancers, reduce the risk of diabetes and insulin resistance syndrome and aid in the treatment and possible prevention of memory loss.

Available mid July

 

Plums

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North Americans have been enjoying this rich and colourful fruit for hundreds of years. With its sweet and succulent taste it’s popularity has never diminished. Plums are a great source of dietary fibre, vitamins A and C, and  are sodium-free.

Yellow Plums

We are proud to have the distinction of growing the most Japanese Yellow Plums in North America.

The season starts with the Early Golden variety and finishes with the larger Shiro plum.

Available from mid July to mid August

Blue Plums

Predominantly we grow two varieties of blue plums - the Italian Prune Plum and the larger Victory Blue Plum. These plums can be eaten fresh or, in the case of the Italian Prune Plum, can be dried.

 

Apricots

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Apricots were first grown in China more than 3,000 years ago. Over the centuries, the apricot spread to the rest of the world, as more and more people came to regard this juicy, delectable fruit as one of their favourites. A relative of the peach , the apricot is smaller and has a smooth oval pit that falls out easily when the fruit is halved. Apricots have a slightly tangy flavour and are a rich gold colour with a bit of a blush. You can eat them on their own or they are perfect for cooking in pies, jams and cobblers.

Available in mid July to mid August

 

Peaches

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Peaches are natures most luscious fruit. Long ago you would have to travel to China to savour a peach. From there it traveled to Europe and eventually to the new world through Persia. Hence, it's ancient appellation "Persian Apple". Lucky for all of us, now there's no need to travel any farther than to the store. The Niagara Peninsula accounts for 98% of Ontario's peach crop and 81% of Canada's peach harvest. Peaches are our largest crop accounting for approximately 70% of our production.

 

Peaches are ready to harvest when they are firm, mature, and have reached the highest level of sugar. Mature and firm peaches become sweet, juicy and delicious as they ripen. They are fat-free and sodium free, and contain vitamin A and are a good source of vitamin C. Peach varieties generally fall into one of three classifications: semi-freestone, freestone and clingstone where the "stone" is the pit in the middle of the peach.

Semi-freestone

The “Semi-freestone” peach arrives first in the growing season and includes varieties such as Harrow Diamond and Garnet Beauty

Available in mid July

Freestone

The pit in the "Freestone" peach separates easily from the fruit. Our most popular peach is the Redhaven which arrives at the peak of our peach season.

Available in early to mid August

Clingstone

Commonly referred to as Baby Gold peaches the flesh of the "Clingstone" peach is firmly attached to the pit. These peaches with their distinct flavour and firm flesh are perfect for canning. They can be found in stores in the Heritage basket packaged specifically for the canning consumer.

Available in late August

 

Nectarines

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Nectarines get their name from the drink of the Olympic gods called “nectar". Nectarines come from the same family of fruit as peaches and their appearance in quite similar. They can be distinguished from peaches by their vivid red colour and their fuzzless skin. Like the peach, nectarines contain vitamin A and are a good source of vitamin C. They can be used in fresh salads and a variety of fresh and cooked desserts.

Available from late July through September

 

Grapes

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Over the years we have transformed all of our traditional grape vineyards to the seedless Coronation variety. Coronation grapes are seedless dark blue berries that are sweet and juicy. It is great for fresh eating but is also good for cooking and suitable for freezing.

Available mid August through to end of September

 

Pears

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There are many varieties of pears grown in the world today. Pears bruise easily when ripe, so Mother Nature protected them by making it better when picked while still hard. Unlike most fruit, it improves in both texture and flavour after it's picked. Pears are high in dietary fibre and are also a source of calcium and vitamin C.The most popular varieties are Bartlett and Bosc.

Bartlett

The Bartlett pears' outer skin turns bright yellow as it ripens. Its flesh is fine grained, sweet and juicy. Excellent for fresh eating and a natural for canning.

Available mid August to early October

Bosc

The Bosc pear has a long slender shape compared to the bell like shape of the Bartlett pear. Its flesh is sweet tasting with a touch of tartness. The skin is golden with a russet covering. The Bosc pear is great for fresh eating and also cook well with sauces because of their strong flavour.

Available mid September through December

Cold Snap

The Cold Snap pear variety has been under development for a number of years and is coming into production in 2013. The Cold Snap is a firm fleshed pear that has a light green skin with a red blush. It is a less acidic fruit with a unique sweetness that has a long storage life.

Visit the brand webpage coldsnappear.ca

Available mid October through March