Meet the Farmers

Chef Chris Velden from Flying Apron Cookery presents a dish of Apple Cranberry Chutney at Boates Farm in Woodville Nova Scotia

Boates Farm in Woodville, Nova Scotia is a two-generation family business in the heart of the Annapolis Valley. Since 1960, they’ve been specializing in growing conventional and organic apples and pears as well as sweet apple ciders and vinegars. Their fruit and value-added products are sold at grocery stores, farm markets and at their own roadside farm stand. And of course, their u-pick business is in full swing this fall too. It doesn’t get any more local than picking the apple yourself right from the tree. And Boates Farm, like many local businesses, also has strong ties to their community. For 42 years, Boates has hosted a fundraising chicken BBQ on Apple Blossom weekend, serving more than 3800 chicken dinners to help support local community programs.

Speaking of local, did you know that Nova Scotia produces more than 40 varieties of apples? Maybe you know Gravenstein, Red Delicious and McIntosh, but have you tried a Spartan, Honeycrisp, Golden Russet or Idared? Whether you’re looking for a sweet, crisp snack or the perfect pie apple, the folks at your local farmers’ market or produce department can help you out. And if you love apples, you’ll be happy to know that thanks to advanced harvesting and storage techniques, Nova Scotia apples are available all year-round. Give a new variety an old favourite, or an apple product like Boates apple cider a try this weekend and support the local Nova Scotian famers that bring us a new crop every year.

Want to know more about some of the most popular local varieties and their uses?  Visit the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers' Association website.