About Central Canada

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.

Farming in Central Canada

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

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.

Meet Egg Farmers

Pauline & Paul Neeb
Farm Name: Neeb Haven Farms Ltd.
Farm location: Perth East, Ontario
Approximately how many acres are under your care?
20,000 laying hens
How long have you been farming?
44 years
Is Neeb Haven Farms a family farm?

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.

Why did you choose to farm?

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.

What do you enjoy most about being an egg farmer?

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.

What do you hope to see as the future of egg farming?

I hope that in the future, family farms like theirs continue to flourish and grow and that Ontario consumers always enjoy wholesome, healthy eggs.

Beans + Egg =

Protein Power

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Greenhouse Vegetables

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.


Ontario’s Greenhouse Vegetable Growers
Approximately how many acres are dedicated to greenhouses?
3,600 acres across Ontario.
How long have greenhouse growers been commercially farming?
As early as the 1940s.
What types of vegetables do they grow?
Tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers.
Are greenhouses family farms?

70+% of the Canadian vegetable greenhouses are in Ontario. Most are family-owned businesses and multi-generational.

What unique challenges do greenhouse growers face?

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.

How are greenhouse growers incorporating sustainability practices into their farm?

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.

Beans + Greenhouse Veg =

Festive Flavours

Try These Beans + Greenhouse Veg Recipes

Maple Syrup

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.

Meet Maple Producer

Pierre Cormier
Farm Name: Érablière Le murmure du printemps
Farm location: Dunham, Quebec
Approximately how many acres are under your care?
190 acres
How long have you been farming?
22 years
Is Érablière Le murmure du printemps a family farm?

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.

Why did you choose to farm?

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.

Why did you choose to produce maple syrup?

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 do you enjoy most about being a producer?

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.

Beans + Maple Syrup=

A Sweet Surprise

Try These Beans + Maple Recipes


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).

Meet Bean Farmer

Adam Ireland
Farm Name: Albadon Progressive Ag Limited
Farm location: Teeswater, Ontario
Approximately how many acres are under your care?
500 acres of adzuki beans
How long have you been farming?
6 years
Is Albadon Progressive Ag a family farm?

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.

How are you incorporating sustainability practices into your 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.

Do you or your family members consume beans?

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.

Learn More About Adam

Try These Bean Recipes

Cooking in Central Canada

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.


Chef Devan Rajkumar
Website: ChefDev.ca
About Chef Devan: Driven by his desire and ambition to be the best in the food industry, Chef Devan has no boundaries when it comes to culinary adventures. Whether he is a food expert on Cityline, a judge of Food Network Canada’s Fire Masters or a host of pop-ups around the world, Devan brings a vibrant energy to his innovative cooking demonstrations.
Why do you choose Canadian beans?

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.

What is your favourite thing about beans?

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.

Why is cooking locally-grown, Canadian foods important to you?

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.

Get Cooking with Beans!

Try Chef Devan’s Recipe


Ify Ogbue from Ify Yani
Blog Name: Ify Yani
About Ify: Ify is a quirky creative on a mission to capture the beauty of flavour. Her years of experience as a nutritionist lends to her deep understanding of the emotional connection food evokes within each of us. By exploring her artistic spirit, she blends her knowledge and passion for food styling, photography and recipe development into a meaningful creative pursuit.
Why do you choose Canadian beans?

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.

What is your favourite thing about beans?

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.

Do you have any other favourite bean recipes?

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.

Get Cooking with Beans!

Try Ify’s Recipe


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