Workers harvest crops near Oliver, B.C.  |   Joe Fries photo

Labour shortage hampers B.C. fruit harvest

Lack of workers so dire that some producers have been forced to leave trees unpicked or appeal for inexperienced labour

PENTICTON, B.C. — In the topsy-turvy era of COVID-19, some in the British Columbia fruit industry actually welcomed a lighter-than-usual cherry crop this summer because there weren’t enough people to help with the harvest. “If we would have had a normal cherry crop, we would have been sunk,” said Glen Lucas, general manager of the […] Read more

A worker tends to apples in the Happy Valley Harvest orchard in Summerland, B.C.  |  Joe Fries photo

B.C. cherries take a hit as weather turns on producers

The apple harvest is just starting but appears to be in better shape than other crops; producers face lower yields but stronger prices

SUMMERLAND, B.C. — Don’t complain to Steve Brown about the price of apples in grocery stores. Brown said people often see the fruit going for upwards of $2 a pound and assume he has a gold mine in the 12 acres of apples on his orchard in Summerland, B.C. But that’s a long way from […] Read more