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2010 Regional Award Winner
Sun-Ray Orchards Inc. - Niagara Region
Trevor and Larry Short, Ted McMeekin, MPP, Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale
If you like fresh, local raspberries, you'll be happy to know that Sun-Ray Orchards has found a way to harvest them for up to 10 months of the year. Owners Larry and Trevor Short are using a simple innovation to produce this delicious fruit. They've adapted a trellis system within a side-vented hoop house, a cold storage area and 20,000 square feet of space, previously used for lettuce seedlings, to grow their current crop of raspberries. Each plant grows in an individual pot, making it portable and easier to control disease and pests. The berries are protected from the harsh elements and the result is a larger berry with a more intense taste and a longer shelf life. Because of this bright idea, Sun-Ray Orchards' is enjoying the fruit of its labours.