Grown in the Garden of Canada: The History of the Fruit Industry in Grimsby, Ontario

Creator(s): Grimsby Museum

During the American Revolution of 1776-1783, United Empire Loyalists fleeing the Thirteen Colonies settled in Upper Canada and began to work the land. Given the unique location, climate and soil of the Niagara region, along with the arrival of the railway in the 1850s, farmers were able to grow many varieties of tender fruit such as grapes, peaches, pears, plums, apples, berries, cherries and tomatoes. Fruit soon became the focus of farming in the Niagara Peninsula, accompanied by a boom in highly developed industries related to the growing, processing and shipping of tender fruits.

The Fruit Farms of Grimsby, Ontario

The Town of Grimsby and its citizens have made many contributions throughout the years to the development of the fruit industry in both the Niagara Peninsula and Canada. Each spring residents and tourists continue to enjoy the abundance of blossoms, a prelude to the summer fruit season.

This Community Stories exhibit will examine the early history of fruit farms in Grimsby, and how everyday life on these farms changed as generations passed.

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