Episode 8

How Do You Like Them Apples? Featuring John Ardiel

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Did you know that Ontario produces almost 300 million pounds of Apples a year? Apple agriculture is one of the biggest contributions to our economic productivity in South Georgian Bay - covered in thousands of acres of orchards; it makes sense why we're called Apple Country. This episode features John Ardiel, an established apple grower in the region whose family businesses span from apple and grape growing, to cider production (Ardiel Cider) and more. Andrew and John discuss family business and the crucial steps that need to be taken while working with relatives. They chat about the history of apples and our microclimate, agriculture, labour force planning, food security and so much more. Enjoy!

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