Warm weather brings early start for some

06/22/2012 01:26:00 PM
Cynthia David

Saleswoman Charlene Newton of Sherrington-based Groupe Vegco, one of several Quebec grower-shippers producing colored vegetables, said its popular colored carrots are now grown Quebec and in Florida to extend the season for chain-store customers.

Newton said Vegco’s 14 carrot and onion growers are among those hoping the great weather continues at least until July, when their crops are harvested.

Apart from the usual challenges of weather, prices, exports and how to increase consumption of local produce, Quebec growers who depend on seasonal labor are concerned about a change being considered to the federal employment insurance law.

Under the proposed change, workers receiving unemployment insurance may be forced to take jobs in their local area normally filled by temporary foreign workers.


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