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Apple Pickin'

Fadi

By Fadi Didi

With fresh, crisp apples ready to be picked at many farms across the province, it's a great time to get out with family and friends and support your local farmers.

Supporting Ontario's farm and food sector is part of Ontario's plan to create jobs, grow the economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Apples have existed as a wild fruit since prehistoric times.

There are 15 different main varieties of apples grown on nearly 16,000 acres in Ontario.

The province's major apple-producing areas are along the shores of the Great Lakes including Lake Huron and Georgian Bay.

The top seven varieties in Ontario are McIntosh, Gala, Empire, Red Delicious, Northern Spy, Honeycrisp and Ambrosia.

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Commercial meat production hit a record high in September in the U.S.

Beef and pork production were both up by two per cent from a year ago.

Officials say while lamb slaughter was down by seven per cent, and veal production down by one per cent, calf slaughter rose by three per cent.

Total red meat production was 4.4 billion pounds, 2.22 billion of it beef and 2.16 billion pork.


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