Girls and Pumpkins

Fall Rural Romp

Experience the South of Wellington County and the Guelph Area

2018 Fall Rural Romp

Saturday September 29th, 2018  |  10am – 4pm

A self-guided Tour to Guelph and Southern Wellington County Farms and Markets.

The Wellington Rural Romp is your chance to get up close to your food.  Experience a day in the countryside, meet local farmers, eat, learn about food and experience the local bounty. At each location, you will find farmers and business owners who are passionate about bringing real taste and local food to you.

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Learn what the Guelph-Wellington Rural Romps are all about in our video below.

Download your 2017 Fall Rural Romp Map Here

 Romp Destinations:

(Please note: Location descriptions may change prior to the event)

23 Brock Road S, ABERFOYLE
GPS  43.471249, -80.151216
The market is open from 8:00am – 1:00pm.
We are a LOCAL only, SEASONAL farmers market. The produce available was grown only kilometres away based on the Ontario growing season. Each vendor’s ‘distance away’ is noted on a sign at their booth. You won’t find lemons and other “tropical” food at our market, but you will find food grown by local farmers and their families. You can talk to the producers and get to know your farmers. Food never tasted so fresh. Come taste the difference local makes


Guelph Research and Development CentreAGRICULTURE AND AGRI-FOOD CANADA
93 Stone Road West, GUELPH
GPS  43.524571, -80.228897
T  226.217.8019  |
Take advantage of the unique opportunity to look behind the scenes of the Guelph Research and Development Centre and celebrate 150 years of supporting Canadian Agriculture. Learn about the significant contributions to that were germinated right here and discover what’s new as we reach into the future. Meet scientists, take a guided tour and participate in science experiments the whole family will enjoy.

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355 Elmira Rd North – Unit 106, GUELPH
GPS  43.533852, -80.306156
T  519.362.1850  |
Visit Guelph Wellington’s only distillery! We are very proud to be using locally sourced grains to make Gins, Vodka and Whisky. Take a tour of a live working distillery, learn about the distilling process and learn how our spent grain is being used. Sample our large variety spirits and browse our distillery store for spirits and more.


ELORA FARMERS’ MARKETElora Farmers' Market
127 East Mill St., ELORA (Bissell Park)
GPS  43.682692, -80.425977
T  519.846.1396  |
Spend the morning in beautiful Bissell Park and meet the people who grow your food. Enjoy live music while having breakfast. Participate in the Harvest Food Demo and pick up all the great local produce you need for the week. Free buggy rides through Elora’s old town centre, donations for the food bank welcome. The market is open from 9:00am – 1:00pm.


5812 6th Line, HILLSBURGH
GPS 43.7720, -80.1460
T 519.855.4859 |
Know your food, know your farmer. Visit Everdale to see the production fields, visit the livestock, chat with the farm crew and see for yourself the bounty of what Everdale has to offer. Taste our famous carrots – one of Wellington County’s designated ‘Must Tastes’. Everdale is a teaching farm that uses food as a platform to build healthy local communities.


GUELPH FARMERS’ MARKETGuelph Farmers’ Market
2 Gordon Street, GUELPH
GPS  43.542324, -80.248412
T  519.822.1260 x 2244  |
Kick off the Rural Romp at the Guelph Farmers’ Market! Take a self-guided “Tastes of the Market” tour and visit our incredible vendors. The tour will highlight the rich bounty of our market by featuring local farmers, and prepared food vendors who utilize fresh local ingredients. Kids are invited to drop by the kids activity table for some hands on fun!


HARMONY MEADOWS ALPACA12622092_559812224183882_4961260240605404596_o
6185 Sixth Line, BELWOOD
GPS  43.7431, -80.2736
T  519.841.5055  |
Our Alpacas are looking forward to meeting you! Visit our farm to learn all about keeping alpacas, and the many uses of alpaca fibre. Hang out with our free range chickens and browse the farm store where you can find beautiful alpaca products, eggs, honey and other local goodies. Make sure to bring your camera to take some fun felfie’s with our alpacas!


LittleTree Garden Market

17 Side Road 18, FERGUS
GPS  43.716664, -80.395338
T  519.843.5394  |
Love the Fall? Love buying local? Love Food?! Be sure to include LittleTree for a complete Rural Romp! Sample locally produced preserves, cheeses, hot sauces and more. Leave with everything you need to decorate and host your fall harvest dinner party!


STROM’S FARM AND BAKERY2013 teigan baker child in strom wagon
5089 Wellington Rd 32, GUELPH
GPS  43.4964, -80.2915
T  519.822.1070  |
Experience autumn with a Strom’s pumpkin pie, wander through 6,000 pumpkins in our front yard, and experience our Harvest Fun Area (‘Start 2 Finish’ themed corn maze, wagon ride, pumpkin chuckin’, puppet show… to name a few). Also head into our bakery to sample our apple crisp, made with Ontario apples and just the right amount of cinnamon, nutmeg, oats and brown sugar – yum!  Please note there is a fee for the Harvest Fun Area.

5727 5th Line, ROCKWOOD
GPS  43.6818, -80.2304
T  519.856.4073  |
Visit Thatcher Farms: Butcher Shop, Bakery and Farm Market. Enjoy live music all day,  as well enjoy a cold drink from a local craft brewery. Enjoy a BBQ lunch from our outdoor kitchen featuring all handmade, delicious products made with love right here on our farm.  Pull up a straw bale and enjoy the country view, music and food. Tour our butcher shop and learn all about how your food is grown and raised on your local, family farm. “Your Food Story Starts at Thatcher Farms.”

TOP MARKET MEATSLeslie Zinger photo
5887 Splint Rd., ARISS
GPS  43.579253, -80.404101
T  519.716.9464  |
Join us for a farm fun day! Tour our 5th generation family farm and enjoy the day feeding the goats, visiting Dozer the Donkey and Elmo the pony. Feed our fun piglets, collect some chicken eggs and meet Jr. Farmer Lizzy and Johnny’s 4H lamb’s. The Farm Store is open and we’ll be firing up the BBQ from 12:00pm – 2:00pm featuring our gluten free meat products and more.

WELLINGTON COUNTRY MARKETPLACEwellington country marketplace
5259 Jones Baseline, GUELPH
GPS  43.5968, -80.2102
T 519.827.1515  |
Be sure to bring the kids and enjoy visiting the farm animals, have your face painted, go for a jump on our bouncy castle and stop for lunch prepared by our chef. Lots of fall decor to choose from. Leave time to shop our little market full of fresh local foods, and enter to win one of our gift baskets.

WHITE ROCK OSTRICH FARMFeeding the Ostriches - White Rock Ostrich Farm
13085 Fourth Line, NASSAGAWEYA
GPS  43.575895, -80.082460
T  519.856.2629  |
Take a fun hay wagon tour to see the Rednecks, Bluenecks and African Black Breeders, feed an ostrich teenager and see the chicks through the hatchery window. Adults $6.00, kids under 18 $4.00. Feed the teenagers $3.00/cup Ostrich burgers on the barbecue $10.00, Water Buffalo Burgers or Sausage $8.00 (until 4:00pm). Tours from 10:00am – 4:00pm.

WHOLE CIRCLE FARMwhole circle farm
8786 Wellington Rd. 50, ACTON
GPS  43.656759, -80.104009
T  519.856.1384  |
We invite you to visit our organic farm in the beautiful hills of Rockwood. Meet and greet our colourful herd of cows, heritage breed pigs and chickens and learn about biodynamic farming.  Explore the gardens, fields and barn or take part in guided tours through the property, offered all day. Browse the farm store stocked with meats, free range eggs, fall veggies, honey and much more. Get crunching and try free samples of some of Wellington’s tastiest orange and rainbow carrots.

Take a “Felfie” ChallengeFelfie image

Capture all that Wellington County has to offer with a felfie (farm selfie) and share your photos on Twitter or Facebook using #RuralRomp. See our Felfie Info Sheet for more info.

A winner will be chosen amongst all entries to win a local food gift!

Why not enter your ‘felfie’ in the photo contest as well for a chance to win another prize? Read on for more information.

Photo Contest

Enter the Rural Romp Photo Contest for your chance to win one of three local food prizes. For more information and to participate please check out our Fall Wellington Rural Romp Photo Contest page. Winners will be featured on our website!

View this past year’s winners.

Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin! pumpkin icon2

Visit any of the participating locations on the romp to size-up the chosen pumpkin and fill out a ballot. A $50 Local Food Basket will be awarded to the closest guess! Learn more here.

Romp Trip Tipsbest1

  • Bring a cooler. Keep the food you purchase along the romp fresh and safe.
  • Bring cash. Many locations don’t accept debit or credit.
  • Leave your pets at home. Many farms do not allow pets on their property.
  • Wear proper clothing. There are places where you will have the chance to get dirty so dress appropriately.
  • Bring your wellies! The event occurs rain or shine so bring plenty of layers and a raincoat.
  • Bring your camera. And don’t forget to enter our photo contest!
  • Pick up a map. Download and print the Rural Romp map from our website or pick one up at any of the Rural Romp destinations. Directional signage is located along the Romp to help you find your way.

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