PLUMS have long been considered an essential part of farm orchards...and many of the best European plums like Damson, Italian, Green Gage and Mirabelle found their way into many Canadian farms and backyards. However today( 2017) Canadian plum production has been decimated by BLACK KNOT disease so we must import tasteless plums(from California and elsewhere) to satisfy consumer demand. Local food producers are focusing on annual veggies to make ends meet so finding tasty plums at your local farmers market is almost impossible . We can eliminate the imports by planting more cold hardy, more disease resistant varieties of plums better adapted to Canadian climate conditions. This new generation of plums must be resistant to black knot disease and should be able to resist -40 C temps AND  produce crops of sweet and delicious fruit. Our farm research experience shows that  the best "new" plum varieties that meet these requirements are: Red Arctic, Gold Star and Red Star