A few days ago we wrote of Woodstock, Ontario’s role as “Dairy Capital of Canada”.
It all got us to thinking about what other “Capitals of Canada” we might find.
So, periodically we will share with you some other “capitals” as we come across them.
Hensall, Ontario is one such place. Part of Bluewater (merger of a number towns), the community of 1,173 (2011 Census) is located in the centre of Hron County’s agricultural land, and is home to three large processing facilities: Thompsons Limited, Hensall Co-op and Cook’s Division of Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd., where thousands of tons of beans are annually processed, packaged and shipped worldwide.
Hensall is known as the White Bean Capital of Canada, built on growth and development that began in the 19th century with traditional farming methods.
At nearby Zurich, every August, the Zurich Bean Festival brings together the community and reinforces the link between town and bean.
Beyond the white bean, Hensall is close (15 min.) to the boating, fishing and beaches of Lake Huron. Flea markets, farmers’ markets, restaurants and art galleries are also to be found along ‘Ontario’s West Coast’. Finally, Hensall is only half an hour away from live theatre in Stratford, Blyth and Grand Bend.
BTW, if you look you can find local white beans on local menus – i.e. the Black Dog Bistro in nearby Bayfield. To be expected in the “White Bean Capital of Canada”.