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How to Pick the Perfect Melon

Picking out the right melon can be intimidating if you’re not sure what you’re looking for. How many times have you seen someone tap-tap-tapping away at a melon in the grocery store and wondered what they’re up to? Well, wonder no more. We've put together...

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Like Father, Like Son

More than 90 per cent of the world’s businesses are family-managed or controlled. Although at times it can be challenging to work with relatives, there are proven advantages to businesses managed by next of kin: focus on long-term investment in the company, flexibility to introduce...

More than 90 per cent of the w...

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Baby Artichoke Salad

Artichokes have endless potential. Grilled, sauteed, baked, stuffed, dipped, tossed—they won't disappoint. Their tender hearts in this salad are sure to melt yours.   Ingredients   8 small new potatoes 8 baby artichokes Freshly squeezed lemon juice 4 tablespoons garlic, smashed 1/4 cup | 60 ml water 2 cups | 8 oz | 225...

Artichokes have endless potent...

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Field- & Greenhouse-grown Rhubarb Recipes

It’s springtime and that means field-grown and greenhouse cultivated rhubarb. The crops from the field are distinctive in their dark red stalks and deep green leaves. By contrast, the delicate rhubarb grown in greenhouses has brilliant pink stalks and bright green leaves. They taste quite...

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Chef Anthony Rose Q&A

What better way to celebrate the long-weekend than with friends. And for those staying in the city, what can beat gathering at one of your favourite local restaurants? Known for his laid back style, Toronto-based chef Anthony Rose has several to choose from in Toronto....

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Gone are the days of brushing plants with hockey sticks covered in pollen to pollinate plants. Bees, brought in boxes numbering 100-200, are let loose to do the job instead.

BERKEL GREENHOUSES

FROM OUR (GREEN)HOUSES TO YOURS

With the sun shining, refreshing crunchy and colourful salads are on everyone’s mind. And nothing says crunchy and colourful better than cucumbers tomatoes, and peppers. The vast selection to choose from at this time of year is grown in greenhouses, and specifically Ontario greenhouses.   The wholesaler...

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Rosie & Quince Flowers

Rosemary Jeffares (Rosie to her clients) owns and manages Quince Flowers, a Toronto flower and plant shop on Queen Street East in Leslieville. Quince (as it’s known by the regulars) has thrived in the evolving east-end neighbourhood. Rosie’s experience has taught her this: buy what...

Rosemary Jeffares (Rosie to he...

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Floral Families – Sy’s Flowers

Rene Odell and Denise Vlaar of Sy’s Flowers brighten up the Ontario Food Terminal’s Farmers Market with their cheerful enthusiasm and passion for beautiful blooms. The sisters typically arrive at 3 a.m. with a van full of freshly cut flowers. The selection changes with the...

Rene Odell and Denise Vlaar of...

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Floral Families – Ravensbergen

The year Stephanie Ravensbergen took off after high school to “figure things out” ended up pointing her in the right direction: home. Eight years later she still loves her job, even when she’s the one pulling the plastic sleeves over the pots before they’re loaded...

The year Stephanie Ravensberge...

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