Jim Apples

History

Jim Keswick
Apple production has a long and proud history in New Brunswick. In the early 1900s, New Brunswick was a major producer and innovatator of apples.

The NB Fruit Growers Association was one of the first officially chartered farm organizations in Eastern Canada. We have been representing apple growers in New Brunswick since 1904.

New Brunswick was home to agricultural leaders and innovators. Mr. Peabody Sharp was a pioneer in apple production methods as well as initiating research into new varieties and strains that continue to exist today. He made an incredible contribution to the apple industry, not only in New Brunswick but in eastern Canada. His contributions were part of a thriving apple production that had New Brunswick become a significant exporter of apples to eastern (Montreal) and southern (USA) markets.

Today, New Brunswick is the smallest of 5 apple producing provinces in Canada. Major changes have occurred in recent years as a result of a changing market place and consumer purchasing patterns.

Production today is mostly concentrated in two regions - the southern area around Moncton and the southwest area around Fredericton, Gagetown and Woodstock. Apple orchards consist of a wide selection of varieties and strains, however, the prevalent varieties are McIntosh, Cortland and Paula Reds. McIntosh is considered a traditional Canadian apple and has been well established in NB since the 1930s. Cortland continues to have a strong demand because of its unique and favorable features. New and exciting varieties like Honey Crisp are coming into full production from our younger orchards.The future looks promising .

The apple industry in New Brunswick has a strong and vibrant nucleus that includes a modern packing and distribution facility in Memramcook and a group of growers who continue to demonstrate superior skill and knowledge in producing superior quality and safe food for our Maritime families.Links