From cold winters to humid summers, and everything in between, Ontario and Quebec are the two provinces that make up the region of Central Canada. Although not quite “central” on a map (we’d say a little to the left…), this region has a thriving agriculture sector that gives way to a food scene that is unlike any other. From eggs, dairy, and greenhouse vegetables to maple syrup, livestock, and of course beans, Central Canada is not a stew pot but a smorgasbord.
Sprawling rural farmlands, great lakes and rivers, and forests filled with wildlife produce some of Canada’s greatest and most delicious treasures. Let's explore the region's most sought-after commodities greenhouse vegetables, maple syrup and beans.
Egg Farmers of Ontario is a farmer-run organization that manages the supply and orderly marketing of eggs so consumers can enjoy fresh, local, safe, high-quality protein produced under fair farm pricing.
Ontario eggs are healthy, easy to prepare, affordable and produced by local farmers. Egg Farmers of Ontario is the marketing organization for the over 500 egg farmers and pullet growers in Ontario who account for 40% of total egg production in Canada, or 200 million dozen eggs annually.
Ontario egg farmers care for their hens 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Farming goes back multiple generations in my family. My father and grandfather were farmers. We currently live on the farm my dad, Floyd, bought in 1955, and my daughter, Vanessa, lives on our second farm with her husband and family. My dad built the first egg barn in 1963 with a flock of 6,000 hens. In 1985 we went into partnership with my dad. Our farm now has 20,000 laying hens, pigs and beef cattle, and field crops like soya and adzuki beans.
Growing up, I wanted to follow in the footsteps of my father and grandfather. I love working on the farm because of the diversity of the job – every day is different! From regular chores, to fixing things, working the land, or daily management, there is always something new.
Seeing the products that we grow and produce, make good quality food for our families and the world, makes us happy farmers. My wife Pauline and I enjoyed working with my grandfather and dad who gave us wisdom and knowledge which we can now pass onto our daughters, son-in-law and grandchildren and for them to carry on our family name.
I hope that in the future, family farms like theirs continue to flourish and grow and that Ontario consumers always enjoy wholesome, healthy eggs.
Gaining in popularity is a BLT with the addition of sliced avocado and egg. Combine these sandwich flavours into a power bowl to make a delicious lunch!
Looking for a breakfast recipe the whole family will love? A savoury mix of scrambled eggs, black beans, corn, peppers and tomatoes come together, wrapped up tight in a whole wheat tortilla - perfect for busy mornings and families on the go. Serve alongside fresh fruit or a glass of orange juice for breakfast, or with a side salad for a quick dinner.
The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) represent approximately 200 farmers who provide fresh, nutritious, greenhouse tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers to Ontario, many Canadian provinces and the U.S - through every season.
Many Ontario greenhouses are clustered in the Windsor-Essex area, known as the Greenhouse Capital of North America.
70+% of the Canadian vegetable greenhouses are in Ontario. Most are family-owned businesses and multi-generational.
Access to affordable, sustainable, and reliable energy supplies are a challenge faced by local greenhouses. To overcome this, the team at Ontario Greenhouse Vegetables Growers consistently work to develop viable options to support long-term food stability. New joint ventures are examining wind to power greenhouses. The HIGH Energy Project could see clean hydrogen and electricity power food production.
Growers utilize the latest advances in hydroponic technology, computerized climate control, and integrated pest management using good bugs to eat the bad bugs to ensure that the vegetables you eat are fresh and nutritious.Veggies are grown in soilless bags with drip irrigation and technology is used to conserve heat. Ontario vegetable greenhouse growers are world leaders in developing new, sustainable innovations.
Kale, sweet onions, white beans, parmesan, and garlic combine to make a dip or crostini topper that will quickly become one of your favourite appetizers. This kale tapenade is as versatile as it is healthy: it is great on top of crostini’s, spread on sandwiches or tossed with pasta.
Looking to incorporate more meatless meals into your routine? We think you’ll like this vegetarian fajita made with sweet Ontario Greenhouse-grown peppers, with black beans, corn, red onion and cilantro. It’s perfect for a fast weekday meal!
Maple is good in everything.
You already know and love maple syrup, but you might not realize the range of uses for maple products and their place beyond pancakes and desserts!
This is why Maple from Canada wants to encourage you - whether you are a food enthusiast or have a healthy and active lifestyle - to integrate more maple products into your cooking and diet. We’re here to show you that a touch of maple adds magic to everything!
Maple products come in a surprising range of textures, making them suitable for all types of applications.
Yes, our company is a business that can be considered as a family farm. My son and my wife help me year-round with the production. In the spring, my daughters occasionally come to help us.
At the time my family has been already in this type of production, so it was easy for me to get involved in this environment. Beyond that, the entrepreneurial side attracted me a lot and I noticed that the challenges were numerous and that motivated me.
My wife, Marie-Josée, and I were raised in an agricultural environment and therefore share a passion for agriculture. I sugared off with my father when I was a little boy, while Marie-Josée grew up on a farm in Farnham, Quebec. This love of agriculture brought us together.
What I appreciate the most about our production and what makes me the proudest is that the entire industry is developed in Quebec. We are the leaders and we offer Quebec one of its greatest riches.
Attention tart lovers, you’re going to want to try these delicious Maple Syrup & Bean Tarts made with local maple syrup, melty butter, crunch pecans, and Canadian beans. That’s right, white beans are beautifully blended into the filling for a sweet and fibre-rich surprise! Serve warm from the oven with a scoop of ice cream or cool and enjoy with a cup of hot tea.
These delicious, maple-flavoured beans are well worth the wait! The perfect side dish for your backyard BBQ or family gathering, you’ll have everyone clamouring for the recipe.
Who can we thank for ensuring nutritious and delicious beans are on dinner plates? Canadian bean farmers! It’s the farmers whose hands are in the ground making the magic happen, from preparing the soil and planting seeds to caring for the plants through maturity and harvest.
Delicious and nutritious, Canadian beans are an affordable and versatile addition to your meals!
Beans are proudly grown in Ontario.
Beans add fibre and great taste to everyday meals. Canadians should consume 25-38g of fibre per day (average values for adults).
Split off from a family dairy farm 6 years ago to form a cash cropping company. Work on my own, while supporting/growing forages for my brother and father who run a dairy farm. My son Mac (14) is very keen and is a big help on the farm.
We strip-till / no-till the bulk of our acres, as well as try to reduce fertilizer needs by using manure and cover crops. We practice integrated pest management and don’t use any more pesticide products than we feel we need to.
I like to consume beans once a day, but don’t always achieve that. We likely do consume a lot more beans than the average family. We use them in most meals that require meat as a protein boost which mixes well with the meat component.
Of course we added bacon to this fabulous one dish dinner, or a spectacular side dish for those special dinners or potluck meals!
This Caribbean-inspired rice and beans takes two pantry staples to the next level for a flavour-packed weeknight side-dish.
It’s hard to chase down a single idea of what authentic Central Canadian cuisine is, but one thing is for sure, sourcing locally-grown ingredients is the thread that holds this quilt together! Vibrant veggies, fresh eggs, sweet syrup, and a variety of beans can produce a wide range of meals from various backgrounds! See how our featured foodies like to cook with fresh ingredients in Central Canada.
Beans are a major source of vital nutrients, minerals and vitamins. As someone who is trying to increase fibre and protein intake in my diet every day, I eat beans to do just that while promoting and living a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Canada is known across the globe as a leading producer of quality dried beans, and it is important to know and support where our food comes from.
The versatility beans demonstrate in the kitchen is remarkable and they are a major asset to any cook. But if I had to choose my all time favourite thing about beans it would be the health benefits they provide. Beans are packed with fiber, protein and folates and are excellent sources of other nutrients such as zinc, potassium and iron. My family has a history of heart disease and its important for me to promote a heart healthy diet.
Supporting local is crucial and helps us lower our carbon footprint, allows us to bridge the gap between farm and table, and aids us in making more informed decisions for us and our families. Its important for me to support local farmers, producers and my local economy as a whole as my actions have a direct impact.
These Chili Shrimp Tostadas combine heat and crunch, making them a delicious meal, ready in less than 30 minutes! Layered with zesty black bean and lime refried beans, creamy avocado, queso fresco, and spicy shrimp this Mexican - inspired recipe is where it's at for Taco Tuesd ay (or any day of the week)!
It is wonderful to have sustainable access to a variety of beans in Canada. Making the choice to use Canadian beans is a simple yet effective way to support my local bean growers.
Not only are they packed with protein and fibre, beans make a great addition to a regular meal plan, especially in plant-forward recipes. They are also quite versatile and make for easy substitutes to your meals.
I’m a fan of Navy Bean Soup especially when the cool weather rolls in and I need something to warm me up. Best of all I always make extra to ensure I have leftovers.
This Curried White Kidney Beans with Herb & Garlic Mashed Potatoes recipe will quickly earn a place on your regular dinner menu rotation! Canned white kidney beans are seasoned with fragrant curry powder and simmered before being served over garlic mashed potatoes. A hearty and flavourful meal, perfect any time of year.