There are always lots of wonderful things happening around Niagara on the Lake, and August has been no exception, with its famous Peach Festival. We attended the festival, celebrating its 28th year, not only to purchase the wonderful goods for sale, but also with the rental of our fruit trees to the Town of Niagara-On-The-Lake, enabling areas of the festival to benefit from the interest, texture and shade of our fruit trees.
Throngs of locals and tourists alike converged on Niagara on the Lake in a bid to lay hands on one of the many delicious peach products being sold during this year’s Peach festival. The peach pie was a crowd favourite, we even had one in the Garden Centre fridge for everyone to share…Thanks Tonie!
We of course can’t forget to mention ‘fresh’ peaches. You’ll see the fruit stands dotted all over the Niagara region selling fresh fruits of all kinds; peaches, plumbs, nectarines, cherries, pears and apples…I know I forgot someone’s favourite, but the choices and varieties are so abundant it’s hard to remember them all.
With the increased interest in being self-sufficient, fruit trees are a natural go-to when it comes to food production. There must be no better feeling than picking your own apple or pear from a tree that you planted and looked after yourself. More experienced gardeners graft plants, allowing them to harvest up to 5 different varieties of apple, cherry or pear from the same tree. I know…it’s not me either, but the possibilities are amazing.
For those who have the desire to grow fruit trees, but have limited space, ‘never fear’ there’s something for you too. The espalier fruit tree is an attractive, yet productive form of growing a fruit tree simply trained along a fence, or a trellis which controls the spread of the tree and keeps it neat and contained within boundaries set by the grower.
As well as providing an abundance of food for you and your family, fruit trees provide privacy and shade, so sit back, drink your vino and eat your fruit right from the tree; there’s no better indicator that it’s summer in the Niagara region!