CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Tuesday is Election Day for the state of Ohio, but it also marks an important day for area farmers. National Agriculture Day on Tuesday is a day to recognize and celebrate the contribution of the agriculture industry.
White House Fruit Farms, a family farm and farmer’s market in Canfield, has been a part of the Valley since 1930. White House Fruit Farms President David Hull said historically, agriculture has been a strong part of the local community.
“When you put the three service legs together — the manufacturing, the agriculture and the service — it makes for a more interesting, vibrant community, more economically stronger with more employment opportunities.
Since Hull has been involved in the family’s business, he has seen more emphasis on the farm-to-table movement — a shift in which consumers are focused on locally-grown produce. During season, farmers grow and sell a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in the White House Fruit Farms’ market place.
“Knowing that your food can come from a local source, and being able to see where it’s grown and how it’s grown, and actually talking to the person that is growing it is becoming more important, and I think customers are becoming more aware of that than they were 20 years ago,” he said.
The farm is preparing for apple harvest season in mid-July, and despite the mild winter, Hull said crops should be fine.
White House Fruit Farms is also working on something extra sweet. As part of a collaboration of Midwest apple growers, the farm is working to breed better apples.
“The first apple that is coming from that effort will be an apple called EverCrisp, which we’ve had a handful of this year, and we will have more of next year. It is a very, very crunchy sweet apple,” Hull said.
Hull explains the taste as a cross between a Fuji and a Honeycrisp apple.