Grain Farmers of Ontario hosts Tractor Cab Telephone Town Halls

Due to the late spring this year keeping farmers out in the field, Grain Farmers of Ontario will be hosting a series of Tractor Cab Town Halls during which farmers will be able to talk to candidates from their tractor cab. These Tractor Cab Town Halls are intended to help involve farmers in the election campaign.

The first Tractor Cab Telephone Town Hall will take place this Monday, June 2nd at 11:00 a.m. -11:45 a.m., with Ernie Hardeman. Hardeman is the MPP for Oxford County and is the critic for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairsfor the Progressive Conservative party. The dates for the other Telephone Town Halls with other parties have not yet been scheduled.

We hope you will join us and encourage others to join us for this conference call, as it will be an opportunity to deliver GFO’s priorities for the election and also an opportunity for you to hear directly from Ernie Hardeman about the Progressive Conservative’s priorities.

Dial-in numbers will be sent closer to the date. For more information, visit

Mother’s Day Recipes Refreshed with Chef Jonathan Goodyear

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, Grain Farmers of Ontario Resident Chef Jonathan Goodyear joined host Bob Cowan on CHCH Morning Live, demonstrating great ways to spice up your Mother’s Day dinner with Ontario grains. Chef Jonathan helped viewers step out of their comfort zone to impress Mom, spicing up dinner with appealing to her sweet tooth with Warm Caramelized Date and Vanilla Bean Pudding with Forty Creek Whisky Caramel. This recipe is a sweet, gooey, rich way that showcases how decadent grains can be!

Check out Chef Jonathan in action at, and find the full recipes for this hearty meal and delicious dessert.

Charcoal chicken satay with Thai bulgur salad and peanut dressing

Promoting Canadian Soybeans Internationally

A Canadian Soybean Delegation has recently returned home from a program to Japan. The week-long program visited Osaka and Tokyo from January 18th to 25th and focused on further enhancing Canada’s relationship with Japan.

The delegation met with industry associations, government officials and private corporations to promote Canadian soybeans for food use to potential international buyers, gathered market intelligence from end-users and government officials on soybean market trends in Japan, and gained knowledge of new market opportunities that are available. The delegation included representatives from across the soybean value chain including producers, soybean exporters, and government officials.

The program included two large industry seminars in both Tokyo and Osaka. Over 180 researchers, whole sellers, and soy food manufacturers from the Japanese soy industry attended. This year’s seminars were titled “Canadian Soybeans: A Success Story” which highlighted Canada’s ability and commitment to delivering a high quality product to our customers.

The delegation also visited several soy food manufacturing companies. Here, the delegation toured facilities and gained a better understanding of the dynamic soy food industry in Japan.

Nicole Mackellar is a Market Development Coordinator at Grain Farmers of Ontario and was a part of the delegation. She said initiatives like this outgoing program increase market access for our high-value soybeans.

“The program allows the Canadian delegation to interact first hand with Japanese soyfood manufactures, distributors and researchers,” says Mackellar. “The knowledge obtained is used to better understand the quality characteristics needed in our soybean varieties to meet their needs.”

Japan is Canada’s largest market for food grade soybeans and third largest market in the world. On average over 350,000 metric tonnes are exported each year with a total value of over $225 million. Ontario continues to be the largest exporting port for non-GMO food grade soybeans to Japan. Developing further opportunities in this important market is important for the continued growth of Canada’s soybean industry.

Watch as Grain Farmers of Ontario Resident Chef Jonathan Goodyear gets CHCH Morning Live viewers into the holiday spirit

Slow braised Canadian corn fed beef with creamy polenta

The festive holiday season is well underway, and that means you’re likely up to your elbows in holiday gatherings by now. Chef Jonathan appeared on CHCH Morning Live today to spread the holiday cheer in a gourmet way with some delicious recipes featuring Ontario corn, soybeans and wheat.

Jonathan demonstrated his Slow Braised Canadian Corn Fed Beef with Wilted Garden Chard, Creamy Polenta and Smoked Blue Benedictine, showing us that grains can be a delicious and sophisticated feature at holiday dinner parties.

To watch how him prepare the recipe and try it for yourself at home, please click here

Grain Farmers of Ontario Resident Chef Jonathan Goodyear gets into the holiday spirit on Global Morning

Crispy tofu with ginger edamame

With seasonal celebrations in full swing, are you looking for unique recipes to make your holiday party memorable? How about adding some local flare to your lineup? Our Resident Chef Jonathan Goodyear appeared on Global Morning today and plated a few tasty dishes using Ontario corn, soy and wheat. Host Kris Reyes drooled over Chef Jonathan’s Grilled Korean Short Rib Marinade, a sure-fire crowd pleaser. Did you know about one quarter of products found in your grocery store use field corn in some form during production or processing?

If you’re looking to step outside the box with your entertaining this season try one of these delicious recipes, they are sure to impress!

Crispy tofu with ginger edamame

Grain Farmers of Ontario Resident Chef Jonathan Goodyear dishes up gourmet grain appetizers on Daytime Toronto

Whipped avocado and cilantro puree with roasted corn tostadas

The time for holidays parties is quickly approaching. Are you ready? To help Toronto prepare, our Resident Chef Jonathan Goodyear appeared on Daytime Toronto Friday and served up gourmet appetizers using grains. Val Cole, the host, was delighted with his savoury Slow Braised Canadian Corn Fed Beef with Creamy Polenta and Smoked Blue Benedictine, using Ontario field corn. Did you know field corn is grown on 51 per cent of Ontario’s cropland each year?

Try dishing up these recipes at your next holiday party or potluck and be sure to let us know what you think.

Whipped avocado and cilantro puree with roasted corn tostadas

Slow braised Canadian corn fed beef with creamy polenta


Grains take centre stage at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

autumn chicken soup

On November 3rd, Grain Farmers of Ontario Resident Chef Jonathan Goodyear took to the stage at the new Growing Connections exhibit and showed an attentive audience how to make delicious recipes with grains.

Chef Jonathan is honored to be the Resident Chef of Grain Farmers of Ontario and enjoys preparing unique recipes featuring Ontario corn, soybeans and wheat.

“Knowing where your food comes from is so important,” says Chef Jonathan. “As a chef, I owe everything to the farmers that grow the food I prepare every day and allow me to live out my passion for cooking.”

Chef Jonathan prepared three recipes at the Kitchen Stage at Grain Farmers of Ontario’s new booth throughout the day, including Avery Island Salad, Pulled Autumn Chicken Soup with Plump Ontario Grains and Vegetables, and Gluten Free Adobo and Maple Bacon Stuffed Cornbread.

Crispy tofu with ginger edamame

He was also a guest judge for the finale of the Royal Chef Challenge, where chefs went head-to-head to create tasty dishes using a secret ingredient revealed on stage. This year the secret ingredient was tofu, which was revealed to Chef Justin Downes, Executive Chef at Vineland Estates Winery and Chef Bryan Simmons of Chatterpaul’s just before the semi-finals began.

Both chefs prepared a variety of dishes to be judged by Chef Jonathan, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Michael Chan, and food writer Mary Luz Mejia. After careful tasting and deliberation, Chef Jonathan and the other judges declared Chef Justin Downes the semi-final winner, who went on to finish second overall at the finale held on November 10.

Chef Jonathan’s custom grain recipes created for Grain Farmers of Ontario were available at the Growing Connections exhibit during the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Find them under the ‘Recipes’ tab on the Good in Every Grain website. 

Pulled autumn chicken soup with plump Ontario grains and vegetables

A Royal Introduction

Model plants in the Growing Connections trailer on Canada Day

The Grain Discovery Zone from the Grain Farmers of Ontario has made its way across the province this year to many fairs and tradeshows with the goal of educating people about Ontario grains. The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the biggest and last stop for the Discovery Zone and is the perfect place to launch our biggest interactive exhibit yet.

This year, the Grain Farmers of Ontario is set to unveil “Growing Connections”, a 53’ trailer featuring four fold-out stages. The Kitchen stage features appearances by Resident Chef Jonathan Goodyear and the Crop stage has faux corn, soybean, and wheat plots. A fully enclosed theatre for farming videos and a video gaming stage with interactive, high-tech grain games round out the sustainable grain farming themed exhibit.

This 1200 square foot family-friendly exhibit can be seen for the first time at the Grain Farmers of Ontario exhibit at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair from November 1-10. From field to fork to fuel, there’s something for everyone at the Growing Connections display, and we’d love for you to check it out!

The Grain Discovery Zone display can be found in Ag-Tivity Central. Other great interactive displays for the whole family at the Royal include the aMAZEing food journey, Royal Education Centres, and the President’s Choice Animal Theatre.

For more details on the new Grain Farmers of Ontario exhibit, visit For more information on the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, visit

Back to school snacks with grains

Adobo and maple bacon stuffed cornbread

Grain Farmers of Ontario’s Resident Chef Jonathan Goodyear brought ideas for tasty grain-based after school treats to Hamilton’s CHCH TV’s Morning Live viewers yesterday. Chef Jonathan used Ontario dent corn and soy oil to add a delicious twist to mini cornbread muffins and tostadas with avocado dip. Chef Jonathan also told viewers that corn syrup, made from dent corn, is a natural sweeter and great alternative to sugar. Keep an eye out for more of Chef Jonathan’s grain creations that we’ll post throughout the year.

Fast farm fact: Did you know? Only 2 per cent of Ontario corn is actually sweet corn, which we eat as corn on the cob. Most of the corn stalks you see in Ontario’s countryside are actually dent corn, which is used for products like corn starch, corn flakes and corn meal.

Want to see Jonathan whip up these recipes? Watch his segment here.

Keep reading below for the recipes featured in this segment, Gluten Free Adobo and Maple Bacon Stuffed Cornbread and Whipped Avocado and Cilantro Puree with Roasted Corn Tostadas, both great and easy recipes for back to school!


Adobo and maple bacon stuffed cornbread

Whipped avocado and cilantro puree with roasted corn tostadas

Introducing: Grain Farmers of Ontario’s Resident Chef, Jonathan Goodyear

On the heels of a busy growing season, Grain Farmers of Ontario launches a partnership with Top Chef Canada Finalist, Jonathan Goodyear who will represent the province’s corn, soybean and wheat producers in his new role as Grain Farmers of Ontario’s Resident Chef.

Over the summer, Jonathan became even more familiar with grains, both in the kitchen and on the farm. Born and raised in Ontario, Jonathan has a true appreciation for using home-grown ingredients and supporting our local farmers. Communications Coordinator, Mackenna Roth took Jonathan to Hollinger Farms of Manilla, ON,District 11, to meet young farmer and Grains in Action graduate, Matt Hollinger and learn about the industry firsthand. More than just heavy equipment and corn fields, Jonathan was very interested in the farm story—the passion, innovation, science and technology Ontario’s 28,000 grain farmers, like Matt and his family are using to produce quality crops for the province and beyond.

Over the next eight months, Chef Jonathan will be sharing original grain dishes through television segments and at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, demonstrating simple, yet delicious recipes for every occasion. With Chef Jonathan on the team, Grain Farmers of Ontario hope to inspire Ontarians to incorporate corn, soybeans or wheat in their next meal.

Jonathan is thrilled to be working with the Grain Farmers of Ontario as their first Resident Chef, getting the chance to develop original and creative recipes while helping connect consumers to the people behind grains.

He explained to Mackenna at the farm that he has always had an enormous amount of respect for farmers, “Without Ontario Farmers, I couldn’t do what I love.” For these reasons and more, we’re confident this relationship will usher in a new understanding of the industry and how to easily incorporate grains into everyday meals.

A huge thanks goes out to Matt Hollinger for sharing his story and hosting Jonathan and Grain Farmers of Ontario at his farm!

Tune into Hamilton’s CHCH Morning Live on Wednesday, September 4th at 9:15 a.m. to see how to use grains to create simple, after school snacks.

Learn more about Jonathan below and check back for recipes throughout the year.

A bit about Jonathan

For Jonathan Goodyear, a love of all things culinary started early. Jonathan’s first job in the kitchen was as his mother’s assistant, lending a hand wherever she allowed. It was on a European adventure that Jonathan realized cooking was his true passion and after attending George Brown College for the culinary arts, his career in the industry catapulted.

Jonathan BWBorn and raised in Ontario, Jonathan has worked across North America and Europe, his title ranging from commis, tournaut private chef and executive sous chef. In 2013 Jonathan took on the challenge of competing on Top Chef Canada where he learned the value of good healthy competition making it all the way to the grand finale. Presently, Jonathan is the Executive Chef at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club where he oversees an extraordinary team, and seven exemplary restaurants in the Toronto area.

Throughout his food journey, Jonathan has always respected and admired the farmers that produce the food behind his culinary masterpieces. This year, Jonathan is excited to demonstrate the farm to fork journey as Resident Chef for Grain Farmers of Ontario, which represents 28,000 corn, soybean and wheat growers across the province. While it’s sure to be a busy year for Jonathan, he is looking forward to the great adventure ahead.

Jonathan lives and works in Toronto with his family.

Stay tuned for Jonathan’s tasty recipes and connected with him on Twitter @j__goodyear