Domestic food production explained

Canada-wide, Ontario is a leader in growing fruits and vegetable crops of all kinds, both indoors and outdoors.

We are lucky to have what is called domestic food production – the capacity to produce our own food.

In Ontario, we have unique microclimates, abundant access to water and highly fertile specialty soils that are ideal for growing a wide range of fruits and vegetables.

That lets our farmers grow popular favourites like apples, peaches, pears, blueberries, cherries, strawberries, grapes, carrots, peppers, onions, lettuce, potatoes, sweet corn, asparagus, cucumbers, and tomatoes as well as smaller crops like ginseng, herbs, garlic, cauliflower, cherries, apricots, broccoli, watermelon and many more.  

And those are just the crops we grow outdoors in fields, orchards and vineyards. Ontario is also home to a thriving greenhouse vegetable production sector where crops are grown under glass. In fact, southern Ontario has the highest concentration of greenhouses in North America that produce crops like peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes, and increasingly, also fruits like strawberries.  

All of this production is supported by a transportation network, warehouses, wholesalers, distributors, food processors, retailers and restaurants who help farmers get the produce they grow to consumers in a wide range of ways, from fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables to processed foods, ready to eat dishes and freshly prepared restaurant meals.

At the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association, know how valuable and important this wonderful food production network is and how lucky we are to have it. That’s why we work hard to ensure we can keep fruit and vegetable production in Ontario productive, thriving and competitive.