The Nova Scotia fresh fruit strawberry industry consists of approximately 80 commercial growers producing on 246 fruiting hectares (600 acres). In 2016 StatsCan reported (Statistics Canada. Table. 001-0009) fruit production at above 6 million quarts annually. The strawberry industry has solidly rebounded from virus related losses in 2013 and 2014; however, on-going issues involving climate change, labour availability, and pest management severely limits the growth potential of this crop without major innovation.
Nova Scotia also has a vibrant strawberry nursery plant industry valued at approximately $9 million. Four nurseries compose this vibrant industry producing “southern” and “northern” varieties that are shipped to the southern US, throughout northeastern North America, the mid-west and across Canada. The southern varieties are mostly destined for the Florida market where approximately one-third of the 12,000 acres of strawberries use Nova Scotia-grown plants.