Growing artichokes in Ontario is no easy feat however, our friends at Top Tomato Farm have perfected the process through trial-and-error over the last decade, learning the best way to grow them in the Canadian climate.
They start by seeding the artichokes in the greenhouse in late February or early March. Five weeks after germination, they are moved outdoors to harden off.
The near-zero temperatures, which mimic a short Mediterranean winter, trigger the process of vernalization and trick the plants into dormancy.
The last step in the process is to plant the artichokes in the field where they proceed to flower.
Top Tomato Foods now dedicates 20 acres to artichokes, creating several additional jobs each year.