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The plump baseball-sized globes come with enchanting names like Red Haven, Morningstar, Springcrest and Garnet Beauty.
Between now and September is the height of peach season in Ontario — and 2022 is turning out to be a banner year for Niagara peach farmers, who are benefiting from good weather for the popular summer fruit, as well as a strong “support local” movement.
Of all the peaches grown in Canada, 81 per cent are from Niagara, with 18 per cent coming from the Okanagan. Less than one per cent are grown in Nova Scotia.
Phil Tregunno, chair of the Ontario Tender Fruit Growers, says the weather has been perfect for the best peaches and nectarines: very hot and not too much humidity.
“Peaches like the weather that people often don’t like: lots of heat causes lots of cell division, so peaches grow large but are sweet and juicy,” he says.
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