Crispy Apple Chips

One of the original Mennonite families to settle in the Waterloo region, the Martins have been farming their land since the 1820s. But it wasn’t until the 1970s that Leighton Martin, at the urging of an exchange student, planted his first 100 apple trees alongside his mixed vegetable gardens. Fast forward forty years and the Martin's Family Fruit Farm now harvests apples from more than 700 acres of orchards in southern Ontario. In 2012, the family took another leap of faith by jumping into the value-added market, building a fruit processing plant to produce their own line of apple chips.

The Original Energy Drink

Once known as haymaker’s punch, switchel was a ginger tonic prepared for people working in the fields during the 18th and 19th centuries. “We call it the original energy drink,” says Ann Marie Weber, who took over her family farm in Stratford, Ont., originally a pick-your-own farm in the 1970s, with her husband, Al. After steadily growing a reputation for making high-quality jams, using local ingredients, they decided to branch out with a new all-natural, fruit-based product line this year.

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