Experience the North of Wellington County
A self-guided tour of farms, nurseries and local food businesses.
Farms, markets, gardens, restaurants and places to stay, in Mapleton, Minto and Wellington North will open their doors to the public to offer self-guided tours.
Spend the day in the countryside meeting your local farmers and enjoying the first tastes of spring! Take part in educational activities, guided tours, planting workshops and more!
Enjoy a ‘must taste’ at many of the participating locations prepared by local chefs. There’s something for the whole family to enjoy.
Learn what the Guelph-Wellington Rural Romps are all about in our video below.
or pick up a copy at any of the participating locations on Romp day!
5509 Hwy 9, HARRISTON
GPS 43.950937, -80.945016
T 519.327.4566 | www.alpacatime.ca
Alpaca Time processes only North American alpaca fibre to make consistent high quality products. Take a tour of the mill to watch the yarn being made and visit the alpacas outside. The store offers socks, scarves, insoles and yarn made on site. Browse the on-site farmers’ market.
BIG JOHN’S COUNTRY MARKET
9537 Hwy 6, KENILWORTH
T 519.323.6996 | www.bigjohnscountrymarket.ca
Visit our farm and see first-hand how our vegetables are grown. Join us at the Country Store for samples and a barbeque lunch and browse our selection of naturally raised meats, home baking, preserves, fresh spring produce and more.
CIRCLE R LIVESTOCK
7489 4th Line, WALLENSTEIN
GPS 43.658600, -80.635737
T 519.669.4146 | www.circlerlamb.ca
Visit Ryan and Romy Schill and family at their southern Mapleton sheep farm. Learn about how they care for their animals, tour the barn and visit with lambs. Try delicous samples and browse all the great farm products availble for purchase, including meat fibre products, lamb/sheep skins, honey, beeswax candles and lotion.
Must Taste Item: Lamb meatballs
8329 Wellington Rd 8, MAPLETON
GPS 43.780331, -80.725103
T 519.638.2127 | www.ellcrest.ca
Take a walk around the farm with Paul and Pam Ellis and learn all about what raising strong healthy cattle entails. Browse their farm store for tasty beef products including hamburgers, steaks, roasts, pepperettes and summer sausage. Join them for pony rides and a free hamburger lunch (served 11:00am-2:00pm) as part of their customer appreciation day!
Please note that the availability of pony rides is not guaranteed, as they depend on the well-being of our pony that day. Thanks for understanding!
Must Taste Item: 100% beef patties
FLOWERS TO FRAGRANCE
6275 Hwy 89, HARRISTON
T 519.261.0121 | www.flowerstofragrance.com
Visit Minto’s own lavender farm and producer of essential oils. Walk through the fields and browse our farm store where you can find 100% natural skincare products, items for your home and personal well-being along with Mapleton’s organic lavender ice cream and Wellington Made’s syrups with cheese pairings.
Must Taste Item: ‘Wellington Made’ syrups
MAPLETON’S ORGANIC DAIRY
8548 Wellington Rd 7, MOOREFIELD
T 519.638.1115 | www.mapletonsorganic.ca
Meet the animals in our demonstration barn, see how our cows milk themselves with our voluntary milking system, or find your way through a cedar maze. Have a light organic lunch in our café followed by ice cream made right on site. Try one of Wellington’s famous ‘Must Tastes’: our Dandelion Ice Cream!
Must Taste Item: Farm made ice cream
MEIKLEJOHN HOUSE B and B
116 Arthur St E HARRISTON
T 519.338.2671 | www.meiklejohnhouse.ca
Enjoy a tour of a lovely Victorian home, the Meiklejohn B&B, built in 1877 and discover some of the many unique features, including a wall which recesses into the ceiling and eight ornate fireplaces. Relax on our patio, stroll through the gardens and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee served with homemade scones and jam, or try Harry Stone’s delicious butter tarts.
Must Taste Item: Scones and butter tarts
9455 Road 146, PALMERSTON
519.343.3745 | www.pootcorners.com
Alpaca shearing, our annual harvest is in full swing at Pootcorners. Come watch or lend a hand. See the fine fibre end products for sale in our farm store and many beautifully tanned hides. Hungry? Expand your taste buds and try Alpaca, one of the leanest, protein rich red meats available.
REROOT ORGANIC FARM
5642 Eleventh Line, HARRISTON
T 519.820.1891 | www.reroot.ca
Visit our small, organic diversified farm! Take a tour of our vegetable gardens and greenhouse, take a wagon ride through the fields, mingle with our friendly farm critters and pick up early spring produce, organic vegetable seeds and seedlings, pastured meats and other great farm products. A BBQ lunch will be served from 11:30-1 by donation to our local pet rescue group. Hope you can join us!
TERRA VERDE HOMESTEAD
9473 Sideroad 7, CONN
T 519.265.3335 | www.terraverdehomestead.
Visit our certified organic farm and market garden to see small-scale permaculture in action! Tour our seedling greenhouse and nut tree plantings, see our active bee hives, and visit with our many animals including some adorable alpacas and two rare Kune Kune pigs! Kids will enjoy planting some vegetable seeds to take home with them. Honey, frozen chicken and duck, eggs, and herbs and pollinator-friendly plants will be available for purchase.
Must Taste Item: Raw wildflower honey and pea shoots!
Join HAPPY HEALTHY FAMILIES at Terra Verde for fun activities and giveaways about healthy eating.
7904 Wellington Rd 8, DRAYTON
T 519.638.3349 | www.kabbespatch.com
Come and visit the Kabbespatch and learn about life on a family farm. See first-hand how our rabbits are raised and learn how nutritious and versatile rabbit meat is. Say hello to our baby chicks, ducklings and pigs and collect farm fresh eggs. Try some sausage and browse our farm store for fresh eggs and chicken, rabbit, pork, or guinea fowl.
Must Taste Item: Home made sausage
WAGRAM SPRINGS FARM
8823 Concession 11, MOOREFIELD
GPS 43.864304, -80.707645
T 519.323.2300 | www.wagramsprings.ca
Visit our farm and learn about one of Wellington County’s most unique farm products: birch syrup. Take part in one of the guided (or self-guided) walking tours to our ‘birch bush’, and learn about the birch trees, sap collection, birch syrup season and how it differs from maple syrup. Back at the sugar house, view the specialty processing equipment, and taste some of this year’s birch syrup.
Must Taste Item: Yellow Birch Syrup
WILDTHINGS PLANT FARM
9688 Baseline Road, CLIFFORD
T 519.338.3228 | www.wild-things.ca
Take a self-guided walk through a 36 acre hardwood forest and take in the trails lined with wildflowers, such as Trilliums, Wild Ginger and more. It’s a bird watcher’s paradise. Enjoy the display gardens and find thousands of perennials, trees, ferns, grasses and vegetable transplants in our nursery. Browse our huge selection of heritage tomato seedlings and get growing.
Capture all that Wellington County has to offer with a felfie (farm selfie) and share your photos on Twitter or Facebook using #SpringRomp17. Download our “how to felfie” guide.
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.
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 Spring Wellington Rural Romp Photo Contest page.
Mark your calendar for the Fall Rural Romp, which happens every year on the last Saturday of September. The 2017 Romp will take place on Saturday, September 30th.
Thank you to our Partners and Sponsors!
Images by Pamela McLellan-Zmija of Your Life as Art Photography