12/17/2014 01:12 EST | Updated 02/16/2015 05:59 EST

Canadian Egg Farmers: The Real Santa Claus

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The holidays are about enjoying the season with friends and family. If you're like me, this time of year is also about delicious food. And planning the menu and cooking for loved ones is a big part of the holiday cheer.

This festive season I've been working closely with my friends at Egg Farmers of Canada to celebrate fresh, local, high-quality eggs, and the versatile role they play in holiday entertaining. Eggs are certainly an ingredient I often use in my kitchen, and dishes made with Canadian eggs take on a special meaning because of the farmers who produce them.

Here are a few things I've learned.

1) Canadians have access to local eggs year-round

Eating local here in Canada is easier than you might think, even in the cold winter months.

Canadians are lucky to have farmers working hard year-round to make sure we have access to fresh, local and high quality food. And the best news? You can find their products at the supermarket or even your corner store!

Under the system of supply management, the eggs you buy at the store are among the best in the world for quality and freshness, and are locally produced. This means, every time you reach for eggs this holiday season you're supporting Canadian farmers. And that's definitely something to celebrate!

2) Fresh ingredients are the most versatile

Fresh eggs are probably the most versatile ingredient you can use during the holidays. From delicious deserts (like my mouth-watering sticky toffee pudding with cranberry caramel and eggnog mouse) to turkey stuffing -- they taste great in everything.

With eggs featuring throughout your meals, you are already on your way to a terrific farm-to-table holiday event.

What's more, every time you get creative and use fresh ingredients, you're giving back to Canadian farmers and supporting Canadian agriculture.

3) Produce from Canadian farms is the highest quality

Farmers are the backbone of our country, and I am proud to serve their fresh produce at my restaurant and in my home.

We have over 1,000 family-run egg farms in Canada who adhere to the highest standards for farming and who also give back to their local communities. These farmers work hard every day to provide the best and freshest product to millions of Canadians.

Our farmers really are the unsung heroes of our holidays, and supporting them is as easy as checking off the items on your grocery list. If you're looking for ways to create the most delicious holiday meal using fresh ingredients, you can check out my recipes at or join the conversation online with @eggsoeufs.

Cheers and Happy Holidays!