Hops grow well in Canada, but there hasn’t been the expected uptake of local varieties by Canadian brewers.

Hop producers continue to sit on previous years’ crop

Change in beer novelties and international supply lowers demand for Canadian product

Reading Time: 3 minutes Hop production has exploded in recent years in North America as producers assumed local breweries would value their product – but continuous difficult market situations have Ontario growers sitting on product they can’t sell. The explosion led to the highest acreage numbers of hops seen since “1996(ish),” says Evan Elford, new crop development specialist with […] Read more

Laurie Thatcher-Craig and John Craig in their hops yard.

Hopping mad

Why a move by Clearview Township to restrict some on-farm processing could have implications for value-adding across the province

Reading Time: 6 minutes Clearview Township hops grower says a bylaw passed earlier this year means it has fewer rights than apple and grape growers to market directly to consumers. The bylaw passed in March means no farmers other than those growing grapes and apples can create consumer products on farm with an alcohol content. While apple growers can […] Read more

Edgar Ramirez, of Pleasant Valley Hops, and Kris Mattucci of the OAFVC pour ground-up hops cones into a pelletizer.

The value of a local food incubator

Northumberland and area farmers have grown their businesses thanks to a multi-service food processing facility

Reading Time: 7 minutes When Northumberland County opened its Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre (OAFVC) in 2015, it didn’t know if the farmers who supported the concept in studies and surveys would use it. Three years later, the centre is used by numerous farmers and businesses and it has helped them take their business to another level. Why it matters: […] Read more

Jim Soetmans, left, Laura Soetmans, Mary Donkers and Joe Donkers are owners of Stonepicker Brewing near Forest.

On-farm breweries grow

A hobby has turned into a growing business for a couple of Lambton County farmers

Reading Time: 3 minutes You can’t mistake the fact you’re arriving at an on-farm brewery when you arrive at Stonepicker Brewing. There’s the McCormick Deering antique tractor at the end of the lane, the idled hog barn you pass on the way to the brewery building and the 1933 Case C hanging from the wall above the bar when […] Read more