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Great Tastes of Manitoba

Great Tastes of Manitoba

Watch season 34 live every Saturday at 6:30 on CTV Winnipeg.

Full episodes can be streamed at or on the @GreatTastesTV YouTube channel. You can follow along with exclusive behind the scenes content, recipe tips, meal plans and more at @GreatTastesMB on FacebookInstagramTwitter and Pinterest. For more great recipes featuring canola oil and tips for cooking with canola oil, visit

Manitoba Canola Growers Association (MCGA) is proud to partner with Great Tastes of Manitoba (GTOM), Manitoba’s longest running, locally produced television series that reaches more Manitobans each week than anything on the Food Network. GTOM showcases nutritious, affordable, delicious foods grown by Manitoba’s farmers.

Each week local experts representing Manitoba Farmers join host Dez Daniels in the kitchen. They cook and share stories about how food is produced in Manitoba, and tips for choosing and preparing these locally grown ingredients.

Before the Plate: watch stories from our farms

The agricultural community extends well beyond farmers and primary producers. There are teams of people all over our province working to ensure that farmers are successful in their endeavours to produce safe food for consumers, here at home and around the world.  In the department of biological sciences at the University of Manitoba Dr. Mark Belmonte and his team are studying the molecular biology of plants. This research is critical to ensuring that crops, like canola, are able to mitigate disease and pest pressures, tolerate a changing climate,  and make the most efficient use of the resources that are available to them. They are doing fascinating genomic work with a focus on the ribonucleic acids that are found naturally in plants.  Dr. Belmonte is passionate about his work, but he’s also committed to building a welcoming and inclusive scientific community where free thinkers can to do meaningful work. There’s no better way to build community than over a shared love of food. Learn more in the video below.

Meet Dr. Afua Adobea Mante, Assistant Professor of Soil Physical Processes in the Department of Soil Science at the University of Manitoba. She came to Canada in 2013 to pursue graduate studies, but her agricultural education began much earlier than that on her family’s farm in Ghana. Her passion for agricultural research is directly influenced by her life experience. She understands the need to find innovative solutions to the challenges faced by Canadian farmers, while reducing environmental impacts and working towards food security for all. Manitoba farmers, like Roberta Galbraith, share that passion. It’s why they support organizations like the Manitoba Canola Growers, a farmer directed industry association, that funds science-based research projects with a goal of continually improving the sustainability of Manitoba canola farms.

Meet Chelsea Boonstra and her father, Rob Boonstra. Together the family operates a mixed grain and dairy farm west of Winnipeg. At the age of 46 Rob suffered a heart attack brought on by the stresses of farming, and it took that life threatening event for the family to realize something had to change. Click on the video below to hear more about Chelsea and Rob’s story.

Meet Nicolea Dow, a third generation grain farmer from Portage la Prairie. Every farm has a unique story to tell and on Nicolea’s farm there are oak trees that are hundreds of years old. These trees tell a story about the farm, land, weather and environment they have grown up in. In the video below Nicolea talks about the importance of making the best decisions on the farm and for the environment. Watch Nicolea’s story below.