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Nova Scotia

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Halifax’s Farmland
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NS Orchards



Nova Scotia’s Orchards
by Thomas Chandler Haliburton
An Excerpt From –
An Historical and Statistical Account of Nova Scotia
Pub 1829

Windsor Orchard c.1760 Windsor Orchard c.1760

As the productions of every country offer the best illustration of its climate, we shall close the consideration of this subject [the soil and agriculture of Nova Scotia], by adverting to the orchards. The French, in all their villages in Nova-Scotia [Nova Scotia], plante4d small clumps of apple trees, some of which are still in existence. The example was not lost upon the emigrants from New England, who had been accustomed to the enjoyment of fruit, and therefore seldom failed to establish and orchard wherever they settled ; a practice which has been generally and successfully followed by their descendants.– Hant’s, King’s and Annapolis Counties, are particularly distinguished for extensive plantations of apple trees, in all of which they appear to be thrifty and fruitful. It has often been asserted that New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, constitute the region in which the apple makes the nearest approaches to perfection, and that it degenerates in proportion to its distance from those states, either northward or southward. Of the summer and autumnal fruits this may be true, at least sufficient pains have not been taken to make such a comparison as to warrant us to controverting the fact, but it may be questioned how far this is correct, with respect to what is called *"winter fruit." Of this class of apples great quantities are raised, of a very superior quality and flavour, although not even ordinary care is taken in their culture. Cider forms a considerable export from these counties, and is equal to any manufactured on this side of the Atlantic. Plumbs [plums], pears, quinces, and cherries, are found in all good orchards; are perfectly naturalized to the climate, and bear abundantly …

* Under the general appelation is included every variety of apple, that ripens late in the autumn, and becomes fit for the table during the following spring and summer.

Excerpt From –
An Historical and Statistical Account of Nova Scotia
In two volumes. Illustrated by a map of the province, and several engravings.
By Thomas C. Haliburton, Esq.
Barrister at Law and Member of the House of Assembly of Nova Scotia
[originally] Printed and Published by Joseph Howe, Halifax 1829
Edition consulted – Candiana Reprint Series No. 51
Mika Publishing Belleville, Ontario 1973

Vol 2 Pg 374 – 375


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