Short Takes

Apple competition returns to the Royal after 44 years

Interest in locally produced food is back, and so is an apple competition at Toronto’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. There is a connection.

With more than 326,000 visitors to the Royal each year, apple industry officials saw the fair as a good opportunity to connect directly with consumers and decided to revive the competition, explains Brian Gilroy, board chair of Ontario Apple Growers, one of the competition’s sponsors.

This year, entries came from British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia. Judging was based on general appearance and trueness to variety.

Better Farming - December 2008