Made in Canada

Canadian crops, Canada, Canadian cultivars, Canada foodThese short posts are laced with pride…in our researchers, in our farmers and, of course, in our eaters who have made a few of them true global stars.   Some are older varieties, many are new. Some are being ‘trialed’, (a.k.a. ‘tested’) in a variety of locations from Vineland, Ontario to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where large acreages are devoted to ensuring that Canadians are able to grow the most reliable ingredients available.  On these ensuing pages, you’ll read their stories and know the names of the persons who have likely spent years of their lives perfecting them.

Plant breeding, particularly of fruit trees, takes a long time and the establishment of Canada’s Experimental Farm Stations way back in 1886 created the foundation for this research.  If you’re lucky Canadian fruit, Canada, Canadian cultivarsenough to visit one of them or one of the university research stations, you’ll see hundreds of different cultivars.  Some may never ‘come to market’ but many make it, including this wonderful new pear variety, Sundown (pictured at right).   No matter what, they are all part of our marvelous Canadian menu of stories and will provide food for Canada and the world for decades to come.

Discover what Canada has to offer crop by crop!


Special thanks to:

Dr Bob Bors and Peter Reimer at the University of Saskatchewan Fruit Program:

Evan Elford, Melissa MacKay, Liz Snyder and Sean Westervelt at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs:

Professor Glen Filson 
at the University of Guelph’s School of Environmental Design and Rural Development:

Dr. Andrew R. Jamieson, Dr. Charlie Embree, Sharon Ramsey and Margaret Boyd at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada:

Prof. Peter Pauls at the University of Guelph’s Department of Plant Agriculture:

If you are a researcher interested in seeing your crops featured in “Made in Canada”,  we invite you to write to us at
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