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Feb. 20, 2020 | Thursday
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Letter to the editor: Peach Pickers Picnic a wonderful community celebration
Peach Pickers Picnic brought farm workers, locals and volunteers together. (file photo)

Dear editor:

The annual Peach Pickers Picnic celebration was a great success.

On Aug. 11, the community of Niagara-on-the-Lake came together to recognize and celebrate our farmers and the farm workers who come from the Caribbean and Mexico, leaving their wives and children behind to bring us our soft fruits and tend our vineyards.

Without them, we would not have our Peach Festival, Cherry Festival, Strawberry Festival and our incredible wineries here in Niagara.

The event brought together locals and volunteers from the Rotary Club of NOTL, Gateway Church, community members and town councilors, who served meals to the workers who had dedicated the greater part of their day to harvesting our fruit.

Five hundred meals had been planned for, but close to 800 meals were served, with home delivery coming off the barbecue at 10:30 p.m. to 20 workers who could not attend.

Music and dancing and celebration happened at the Garrison Village picnic site.

This worthwhile event needs to be recognized. Each year the event gets bigger and better, with additional support recognizing our agricultural community.

Thank you to everyone who donated money and time, and contributed in picking up and driving people, preparing, serving and supporting this worthwhile event.

Thank you to our farmers and local heroes who work long hours on our farms so that we can celebrate and enjoy the bounty of your labour.

Visit and search “peach pickers” to see video of the celebration.


Patricia Murenbeeld

Port Weller East