Connect with us on Canada Day!

The Growing Connections trailer on Canada Day

Grain Farmers of Ontario’s 53′ trailer exhibit, Growing Connections, will be in Ottawa for Canada Day.

Visit us in Major’s Hill Park to explore our crop stage, watch videos in our theatre room, try your hand at one of our video games and interact with our touchscreen map, and learn how to make homemade play dough in our kitchen stage! Grain Farmers of Ontario staff and delegates will be present to answer questions and help you celebrate our nation’s birthday!

If you live in Ottawa or are planning on being there for Canada Day, visit Grain Farmers of Ontario and all of the other free events- it’s sure to be a fun, family-friendly day!

Grain Discovery Zone Update

Grain Discovery Zone at the Norwood Fair in summer 2017

June continues to be a busy month for the Grain Discovery Zone. This past weekend was spent at one of the southernmost regions in the province in Leamington, the tomato capital of the province. Leamington’s 166th annual fair offered a number of diverse activities to keep fairgoers busy throughout the three days including a stop at the Grain Discovery Zone.

Popular activities at the fair included a produce tent where taste testing of locally grown tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers occurred. Visitors tasted the different varieties and voted on their preferred choice and I can say that it was tough to decide! I often had to try the vegetables twice just to be sure!

There was also a demonstration of traditional aboriginal music and dance presented by First Nations people from across the province. The dress was beautiful and incredibly intricate and the drumming was enthralling. Between the dances, insight to the meanings of each beat of the drum and each body movement in the dance were discussed.

Other neat displays included a honey bee info stand, local students’ artwork, antique tractors, steam engine and handmade quilts. Leamington Fair also boasts live harness racing and a demolition derby with a grand stand for spectators.

Looking ahead, the Grain Discovery Zone will be participating in Fords in the Park event at Country Heritage Park in Milton on the 21st and then will be heading to Norwich Township to celebrate Canada Day.

Don’t forget to follow the Grain Discovery Zone throughout the summer and share your experience with us! Tweet @GrainFarmers #Discovery Zone and like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/GrainDiscoveryZone.

Discover the Good In Every Grain

Grain Farmers of Ontario recently unveiled a new campaign to help tell the story of corn, soybeans, and wheat and the 28,000 farmers that grow them. The new campaign, Good In Every Grain aims to connect rural and urban people, with a focus on the good things these crops bring.

Good in Every Grain speaks to the good values farmers represent, the good work they do for the environment and their communities, and the good quality grain crops they grow. Beyond the farm gate, Good in Every Grain is about the good products created with corn, soybeans, and wheat, and the good contribution the grain industry makes to Ontario’s economy.

Corn, soybeans, and wheat combined contribute $9 billion in economic input, employ 40,000 people and cover over five million acres of farm land across Ontario. These grains have roots in our backyard; however, as more complex commodities the various uses of commercial grains are often unknown. The Good in Every Grain campaign is here to tell the story of these vital grains and the 28,000 Ontario farmers who grow them.

Visit http://www.www.goodineverygrain.ca to purchase merchandise, discover school and media resources, and ask grain-related questions. Follow @GoodinGrain and #ONGrain on Twitter and like Good in Every Grain on Facebook for great information on corn, soybeans, and wheat.

Good in Every Grain builds on the popular Farmers Feed Cities campaign, replacing it with a focus more in line with its founding organization, Grain Farmers of Ontario.

Grain Discovery Zone at Steckle Heritage Farm: Jean Steckle Week

Spring has finally arrived and it looks like we might finally be able to enjoy some nice weather. This past week, the Grain Discovery Zone attended its first official event of the season at Steckle Heritage Farm in Kitchener. Students from Jean Steckle Elementary School came to the farm to learn about the legacy of Jean Steckle, their school’s namesake. Children from kindergarten to grade 7 had the opportunity to meet the farm animals, see the apple blossoms, learn about the many vegetables that are grown on the farm and interact with the Grain Discovery Zone.

The Steckle Homestead has been in the family since 1833 and has seen a great deal of changes over the years. Originally a farm boasting several hundred acres, it is now surrounded by residential and industrial development. Jean Steckle purchased the homestead and 10 acres from her parents in 1978. 10 years later, Steckle established the farm as a non-profit organization and the farm has been open to the public as an education tool ever since.

The Grain Discovery Zone unveiled a new trivia game that proved to be an excellent learning tool for students and triggered many questions about grains and life on the farm during the busy summer months. The corn box was a highlight again and many children had the opportunity to learn about how much equipment corn, soybeans or wheat crops require from planting to harvesting.

Jean Steckle Week is just the beginning for the Grain Discovery Zone as the season starts to heat up. Next weekend, you can catch the Grain Discovery Zone at Country Heritage Park in Milton for their summer kick off! Don’t forget to follow the Grain Discovery as it travels across Ontario by liking our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/discoveryzone). We’re also on Twitter- use the hashtag #DiscoveryZone to join the conversation. Check out our website http://www.gfo.ca for the complete list of events that Grain Discovery Zone will be attending!

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 www.gfo.ca.

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 http://www.chch.com/cooking-mom/, and find the full recipes for this hearty meal and delicious dessert.

http://www.www.goodineverygrain.ca/2016/11/10/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!

http://www.www.goodineverygrain.ca/2016/11/10/crispy-tofu-with-ginger-edamame/