They like B.C. apples in the big city. New varieties of B.C. apples, especially, brought home some top awards from the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto this week, with the New Variety champion and reserve coming home to Jeff Marshall’s Jeflor Orchards Ltd., of Winfield.
Ambrosias from Marshall’s orchard took the top prize in the Ambrosia category, Devin Jell’s Gartrell Heritage Farms came second and Harry Shaw’s orchard won third prize.
Jell’s Aurora Gold Galas took first place in that class, while Fred and Phyllis Nelson’s came second and Kuen Hee Jung’s were third.
In the “other” class, Marshall’s Nicolas placed first, while Dan Taylor’s Nicolas came second and Oscar Kempf’s Nicolas were third.
In the commercial varieties section of the annual apple competition Roseridge Orchards, of Kelowna, owned by Germaine Hogue and her son Robert, took first place in the Gala category, followed by Shaw’s Galas and then those of Chamkaur Gill.
Rick Machial’s Gold Delicious apples from Fairview Orchards took first place in that category, followed by Marshall’s Goldens, then those of Steve Brown of Happy Valley Harvest.
Marshall’s Spartans came in second in that category, followed by Roseridge Orchards’, and they also placed second in the champion and reserve class.
Brian Machial’s Jonagolds took first place in that class.
“B.C. apples rank among the finest in the world,” said Joe Sardinha, president of the B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association.
“The quality of our fruit is a simple reflection of the quality of our labour, land and horticultural techniques.”