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Palatine Fruit & Roses
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Email Address: eatlocalmle@gmail.com
About Us
We are a family owned and operated tender fruit farm and rose nursery. Originally the fruit of our labour was just that – tender fruit. In 2000 we fell in love with roses and as luck would have it Carl Pallek and Son’s Nursery, only 5 km away from our fruit farm, retired. Otto and Ruth Pallek became our mentors and were kind enough to provide us with their large collection of mother plants to start our own rose Nursery. To this day, Otto and Ruth are dear friends and a source of knowledge to us.

Today we are a dynamic combo of fruit and rose growers, for both of which we feel a compelling desire to serve our community while ensuring the most holistic approach to our soil management, plant diversity, animal life, water systems, and human well being alike.

The tender fruit is sustainably grown here at Palatine, and have been selected for flavour, nutrition, texture, and sometimes just for their unusual nature.

As we are situated on Palatine Hill, a place of historical significance, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada we are blessed with an exquisite Canadian geographical location. We have a longer growing season with higher heat units than most of Canada. This unique location, combined with attention to detail, and a holistic approach to soil management results in plants, fruit and cut roses of highest quality.
Practices
We pursue organic methods whenever we practically can. We have been building up our soil health for over 20 years (high calcium applications, minimal commercial fertilizer, manure, green manure, cover cops, as well as foliar sprays like Growers and Vitanal). We believe soil health is the key to everything. We use pheromones where possible for insect control, as well as Neem Oil, essential oils and other organically approved sprays. There are some fungal issues (such as black knot in plums) and some insects for which we have no tools, yet, to deal with organically, and in these instances we use commercial non-organic sprays. We are in the process of setting up new orchards as permaculture orchards, and hope to be able to expand that concept.