Over 125 different fruit and vegetable crops are grown on 245,000 acres of land in Ontario with an estimated annual farm gate value of more than $3.16 billion.
The main crops grown include:
- Fruits: apples, grapes, peaches, apricots, blueberries, melons, cherries, nectarines, pears, plums, processing grapes, raspberries, strawberries and more.
- Vegetables: asparagus, beans, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, field tomatoes, ginseng, leeks, lettuce, onions, parsnips, peas, peppers, potatoes, processing vegetables, pumpkins, squash, sweet corn, radishes, rhubarb, rutabagas, spinach and zucchini.
- Greenhouse: cucumbers, lettuce, peppers, strawberries and tomatoes.
The Ontario fruit and vegetable sector generates more than $4.2 billion in economic activity annually, including over $2.6 billion of farmgate sales, over one third of Canada’s total production.
Ontario fruit and vegetable farmers export $1.5 billion annually; almost half of this is from the greenhouse vegetable sector.
The sector employs over 30,000 people directly on-farm, and every on-farm job generates approximately 2.2 jobs downstream (an additional 66,000 indirect jobs).
The sector generates approximately $600 million in tax revenues for all three levels of government.
With over $5 billion of fruit and vegetable imports into Ontario, there is significant opportunity for the sector to expand to meet domestic consumption needs.
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