• Anne (Univ. Maryland) - This variety is yellow, sometimes greenish-yellow, with no pink or amber tinges. Produces large, conic, pale yellow fruit that ripen mid- to late- season. It has very good flavor and texture. Tall upright canes sucker sparsely requiring higher planting density. It is resistant to Phytophthora root rot but susceptible to leaf hoppers and rust.
• Autumn Bliss (England, 1984) - Early, approximately 10 days earlier than Heritage. Large, flavorful fruit with large druplets. Most of the yield is harvested in the first two weeks of harvest. Somewhat soft. May be crumbly and dark.
• Autumn Britten (England, 1995) – A sibling of Autumn Bliss, Autumn Britten is the Ontario standard. It is more regular in shape and less crumbly than Autumn Bliss. Requires planting at closer spacings because it does not produce an abundance of canes.
• Caroline (USDA Maryland, 1999) – Excellent yield potential, berry size and fruit quality. Yields about 1 week earlier than Heritage, but too late for most regions in Ontario. Susceptible to late leaf rust, but has moderate to good resistance to Phyophthora.
• Polana (Poland, 1991) - Approximately 2 weeks earlier
than Heritage and slightly ahead of Autumn Britten. Early, fall bearing.
High yields because buds produce 2 fruiting laterals each. Medium sized
fruit of good quality. Susceptible to Phytophthora and verticillium.
The following varieties are newer and being trialed in Ontario:
• Himbo Top (Switzerland) produces good quality, large fruit on primocanes. The fruit is bright red with good flavor. Plants are vigorous and upright and medium in height that will benefit from trellising. Reported to be resistant to Phytophthora root rot.
• Jaclyn (Univ. of Maryland) is an early season variety with large firm berries ripening 2 weeks before Heritage. Plants are vigorous and erect but susceptible to yellow leaf rust. Fruit is dark red and adheres tightly until fully ripe.
• Joan J (United Kingdom) Good quality firm fruit with small drupelets and good flavor. The fruit will hold and ship well, as it is dry. Considered early.
• Josephine (Univ. of Maryland) Fruit is large with average flavor ripening mid-season. Berries are firm and cohesive. Plants are upright and vigorous needing little containment trellising. It is resistant to leaf hopper and Phytophthora root rot.
• Polka (Poland) has medium large primocane fruit that
ripen in the early season. Widely grown in Europe, it is reported to have
good fruit quality and good yields.
(for more info see www.uvm.edu/vtvegandberry click on meetings)
Nov. 10. Greenhouses and Season Extension for Beginning Farmers. Montpelier VT. Call the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, 802-656-5459.
Nov. 13. Greenhouse Tomato Conference. Sturbridge, MA. Topics include choosing varieties, nutrient management, managing plant vigor, using biological control, a hands-on grafting session, disease ID and management, tomato plant disorders and a grower panel on growing and marketing. 3 pesticide credits. $35 includes lunch. Tina Smith, UMass, 413-545-5306 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dec. 3-4. Renewable Fuel On-Farm: Canola, Biodiesel, and
Corn. Bangor, ME. Peter Sexton, UMaine Extension,
207-764-3361 or email@example.com
Dec. 11-13. New England Vegetable and Fruit Conference and Trade Show. Manchester NH. www.nevbc.org
or call me for a brochure 802-257-7967 x13.
Jan. 25-27, 2008. NOFA-NY Winter Conference, Saratoga Springs NY. Over 90 workshops for organic farmers, gardeners. www.nofany.org or 607-652-6632. Early registration deadline is Nov. 30.
Feb. 16-17, Randolph VT at Vermont Technical College. NOFA-VT Winter Conference. 802-434-4122 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Feb. 25, Capital Plaza Hotel, Montpelier. VT Vegetable and Berry Growers Meeting.
Stay tuned for details…
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