Holiday Food and Gift Guide

Looking for unique gift ideas, decorations or ingredients for your holiday meals? Local farmers, retailers and artisans are ready for your business. For a list of local farm and food businesses click here. For a list of specific holiday ingredients just scroll down. Happy shopping!

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Bread and Baking GiftPlate

Freshly baked bread and sweets are available at local bakeries to complement your holiday meals. Looking for a specific treat? Get your order in and pick up just before Christmas.

Elora Bread Trading Company, Elora –
Fountain Head, Fergus –
Market Fresh, Guelph –
Thatcher Farms Butcher Shop and Bakery –
With the Grain, Guelph –

Cheese and Dairy GiftPlate

Whether you are looking for delicious ingredients for a festive cheeseboard, a last minute gift for a cheese lover or ice cream for dessert, you can find it all here:

Best Baa Dairy, Fergus –
Mapleton’s Orgainic Dairy, Moorefield –

Caterers and Personal Chefs Plate

You don’t have to do it all. Here are some great local caterers and personal chefs to help with your holiday catering needs. It’s your time to relax and enjoy!

Bella Roma Foods, Guelph –
Belwood Country Market, Belwood –
Chef Scotty Cooks, Guelph –
Dar’s Country Market, Elora –
Fraberts Fresh Food, Fergus –
Garnishes Personal Chef Services, Guelph –
Laza Catering, Guelph –
Magnolia Fine Foods and Catering, Guelph –
Taste Fine Foods, Guelph –
Tim Halley Catering, Ponsonby –

Christmas Tree Christmas Tree

Make an experience out of getting your Christmas Tree this year. Head over to Madeira Farms in Rockwood, grab a sled and select and cut your own unique tree to brighten up your home for Christmas. Hot apple cider and Christmas cookies await you when you get back.  A great way to start your Holiday Season.

Pick up locally:

LittleTree Garden Market, Fergus –

Cooking Classes Gift

Looking for a perfect gift for the aspiring chef or anyone who loves cooking? Authentic Italian, Indian, Ethiopian/Eritrean or a customized classes are on the menu. Here are a few fantastic instructors to choose from.

La Cucina di Natalina, Guelph/Eramosa – (Italian)
Garnishes Personal Chef Services, Guelph –
Krisha Indian Cuisine, Guelph – (Indian)
Laza Catering, Guelph – (Ethiopian/Eritrean)
The Friendly Chef Adventures, Erin –

Experiences and Tours Gift

The perfect gift for culinary adventurers:

Chef Scotty Cooks – – Chef table dinners and Niagara wine tours on a unique food truck
La Cucina di Natalina, Guelph/Eramosa –  – Culinary adventure tours to Niagara and Italy
Taste Detours, Guelph – – Locally flavoured Food Tasting & Cultural Walking Tours

Farmers’ Markets Gift Plate

If Christmas shopping on your list on Saturdays, why not stop by the farmers’ market? There are lots of neat and locally made gift ideas waiting for you. Beeswax candles, local honey, preserves, lavender soaps, alpaca products and so much more. And of course you can get your grocery shopping done, too. How convenient! ‪

Elora Farmers’ Market
Guelph Farmers’ Market

Fibre Products Gift

Alpaca yarn and knitted products make great gifts and keep your loved ones warm this winter. Find locally produced fibre products at:

Alpaca Time, Harriston –
Harmony Meadows Alpaca, Belwood –
Pootcorners, Palmerston –

Gift Baskets Gift

Throw together your own gift basket by purchasing goods from local farmers, markets or retailers. No time or gift wrapping skills? Why not order a stunning, custom made local food basket at

Creative Edge, Guelph –
Fraberts Fresh Food, Fergus –
Market Fresh, Guelph –
Rootham’s Gourmet, Aberfoyle –
Sweet and Nutty, Rockwood –

Gift Certificates Gift

Not just for last minute gift seekers. Gift certificates are great gift option. Seek out your favourite local restaurant, food retailer or even ask your farmer.

What about giving the gift of fresh vegetables for the upcoming season? Find a list of CSA farms here.

Honey, Beeswax Gifts Gift

Honey and Beeswax products make wonderful gifts. Stocking stuffer, host gifts – you can’t go wrong with this local favourite. By buying directly from your local beekeeper you are also supporting their role in protecting and maintaining a healthy pollinator population which is essential for local food production. How sweet!

Cedarwood Honey, Harriston –
Coneybeare Honey, Fergus –
Fairhaven Farm, Hillsburgh –
Terra Verde Homestead, Conn –
Tuckamore Bee Company, Puslinch –

Local Brews Gift Plate

Gifting a bottle of wine or bringing along beer to the celebration? Look for locally crafted beverages.

Craft Beer:

Elora Brewing Co., Elora –
Royal City Brewing Co., Guelph –
Wellington Brewery, Guelph –


Dixon’s Distilled Spirits, Guelph

Wine, Cider and Fruit Wines:

Cox Creek Cellars, Guelph/Eramosa –
Heartwood Farm Cidery, Erin –


Not technically a local beverage, but a staple in many holiday menus. For delicious, locally roasted coffee try Planet Bean Coffee, Guelph

Local Lavender Gift

For beauty and wellness products grown and made in Wellington, explore a wonderful selections Flowers To Fragrance in Clifford

Maple and Birch Syrup Gift

Stocking stuffer, hostess gift or ingredient for your holiday meal – maple syrup is delicious, versatile and a great gift. If you are looking for something even more unique, try locally made birch syrup, one of the newest trends in Canadian cuisine. See below or check your local farm markets for maple syrup.

Snyder Heritage Farms, Breslau –
Wagram Springs Farm, Moorefield  – – producers of birch syrup and birch products

Nuts Gift Plate

Another great option for a hostess gift, stocking stuffer or party nibbles, Ontario grown and roasted nuts are a great option. Find them locally at Jewels Under the Kilt, Fergus

Specialty Meats Plate

Turkey not your thing? If you are you looking for a more unique ingredient for your Holiday meal Wellington County farms have you covered. You can find Ostrich, Rabbit, Elk and specialty poultry locally. Here is where you can purchase them – and not only for the Holiday season. Ask your farmer for availability throughout the year and add some excitement to your weekly meals.


White Rock Ostrich Farm, Rockwood –
Mosborough Country Market, Guelph Eramosa –


The Kabbespatch, Drayton –
Top Market Meats, Ariss –


Pootcorners, Palmerston –

Specialty Poultry:

(Pheasant, Quail, Partridge, Cornish Hen, Silkie, Duck, Goose and more)

Blue Haven Farm, Rockwood –
Chassagne Farm, Puslinch –
Top Market Meats, Ariss –

Lamb Plate

Looking for another festive feast ingredient? Lamb is definitely a great, versatile choice and best of all, it’s easy to find locally year round.

Circle R Livestock, Wallenstein –
Thatcher Farms Butcher Shop and Bakery, Rockwood –

Turkey Plate

Where is your bird from? Get your order in and savour a local TURKEY on Christmas Day. Here is how you find one:

Blue Haven Farm, Rockwood –
Circle Four Farms, Erin –
J and N Martin, Ariss – 519.823.1995
Mapleton’s Organic, Moorefield –
Ross Enterprises Turkeys, Mapleton – 519.848.2270
Snyder Heritage Farms, Breslau –
Thatcher Farms Butcher Shop and Bakery, Rockwood –
Top Market Meats, Ariss –

Pick up at a local food retailer:

Bella Roma Foods, Guelph –
Dar’s Country Market, Elora –
Fraberts Fresh Food, Fergus –
Harriston Packing Company, Harriston – 519.338.3330
Market Fresh, Guelph –
Mosborough Country Market, Guelph/Eramosa –
Paradise Farms Butcher Shop, Erin –
Rowe Farms, Guelph –
Trotter’s Butcher Shop, Guelph –
Valeriote’s Market & Butchery, Guelph –
Wellington Country Marketplace, Guelph/Eramosa –

Beef/Pork Plate

Not a turkey kind of person? Select local traditional meats to flavour your holiday feast. From Summer Sausage to Filet Mignon, local suppliers have you covered.

Big John’s Country Market, Kenilworth –
Ell-Crest Farms, Moorefield –
Harriston Packing, Harriston –
Huber Farms Heritage Meats, Kenilworth –
Market Fresh, Guelph –
Reroot Organic Farm, Harriston –
Steckle’s Produce and Flowers, Harriston –
Thatcher Farms Butcher Shop and Bakery, Rockwood –
Trotter’s Butcher Shop, Guelph –
Whole Circle Farm, Erin –

Vegetables and Fruit Plate

Round out your meal with local veggies. Potatoes, carrots, squash and other root and winter vegetables are readily available locally this time of year. And yes, it’s ok to enjoy peaches and salsas in the middle of winter. Look for local canned fruit and vegetables when shopping for preserves.

Thank you

for choosing local food this Holiday Season and year round. By supporting your local farm and food businesses you help to build a more resilient community, keep jobs in town and preserve food choices for future generations. Learn more about the impact of buying local here.

We wish you a happy Holiday Season and a healthy, flavourful 2018!


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