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DID YOU KNOW?
Saskatoon and haskap berries are naturally high in antioxidants,  bre, and protein. Similarly to blueberries, these berries are native to Canada, and grow well in cooler, northern climates. There are about 900 farms growing Saskatoon berries in Canada, mainly in the prairie provinces. Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan are world leaders in developing new cold-hardy berry varieties, and have been growing new fruit on the prairies for over 90 years.26
Greenhouses bloom year-round
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Ron & Ray Van Marrewyk
Brothers Ron and Ray Van Marrewyk grew up working in their family’s greenhouse. Now, they’re carrying on a farming tradition that started in the Netherlands four generations ago. They bought Westcoast Greenhouses Ltd. from their father
in 2006, and are currently growing 53 acres of peppers and cucumbers near Vancouver, British Columbia. Ron is active with his provincial growers’ association, and manages the farm’s day to day business operations. Ray is in charge of the books and large projects. The brothers like to stay active in their community through fundraisers and other events, and enjoy learning about and promoting new ways of sustainably growing safe, healthy food.
More and more of the fresh vegetables
– tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and lettuce in particular – and  owers that beautify Canadian homes are grown in greenhouses. Demand for year-round fresh produce is driving new greenhouse construction. By 2016, Canada had over 250 million square feet of greenhouse space, also called “production under glass”. More than half of that is for greenhouse veggies.
Ontario has more greenhouses than
any other province, followed by British Columbia and Québec, and has the largest greenhouse production sector in all of North America. Over 70 per cent of Ontario’s greenhouse vegetable crops are exported to the United States.27
Flowers growing in a greenhouse
Vegetable greenhouses primarily grow peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, and lettuce, but some growers are expanding into other types of produce too, like strawberries. These local greenhouse strawberries are juicy and sweet – and on the shelf within only three days of being harvested.
There are more than 1,900  ower growers across Canada. Tulips, gerbera, lilies, daisies, daffodils, and roses are among the most frequently produced cut  owers in Canada. Almost 99 per cent of Canada’s  oral industry exports are to the United States.
Quick Fact
High-tech recirculation systems help modern greenhouses to conserve and continually reuse and recycle water.
DID YOU KNOW?
Greenhouses use good bugs, like bumblebees and ladybugs, to pollinate plants and control harmful insects.
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