Butter Tarts and Buggies

Butter Tarts and Buggies, Explore the Simpler Life, is a new tourism experience developed in partnership with the townships of Wellington North, Minto, Mapleton, Southgate and West Grey. The experience combines The Butter Tart Trail with the Mennonite Culture of the former Horse and Buggy Trail. This new exciting offering promotes butter tart bakers, butter tart inspired items, and related products including maple syrup. Explore Mennonite cultural offerings, local food at the farm, restaurants and retail stores, local handcrafted items and the equine industry.

You can enjoy an old fashioned Mennonite horse and buggy ride through a working Mennonite farm and along scenic backroads. There are numerous farm experiences that include alpaca shearing, wagon rides and the opportunity to visit friendly critters. The tastes will amaze you with dozens of varieties of butter tarts and inspired products like pies, sundaes, trifle and waffles. There are even special butter tart doggy treats locally made and sourced. Talented local artist works will awe you.

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Visit these Taste Real partners along the Butter Tarts and Buggies Trail:

*Please confirm dates, times and hours with the locations before visiting as they are subject to change.

 Alpaca Time

Drop by our store for warm, soft, cushy alpaca socks, insoles, mitts, gloves, hats, headbands, yarn and rovings that are made on-site. You'll also find some imported alpaca products as well as other natural and local products that go with our handmade theme. From mid-May to mid-September you can spend some time relaxing with a couple of alpacas, then see how their fibre is processed through a viewing window in the mill. If you'd like to stretch your legs you can take a short stroll through our Arboretum of 75 or so specimen trees.

5509 Hwy 9, between Clifford and Harriston

MAY 24-LABOUR DAY: Mon-Fri 10:00 am-4:00 pm, Sat/Sun 10:00 am-3:00 pm




 Big Johns Country Market

A friendly on-farm country store where we pride ourselves on top quality beef, lamb, pork and other meats raised naturally on the far m. We also have a large selection of in-season fruits and vegetables, as well as some of the best Maple Butter Tarts around.

9537 Hwy 6, south of Mount Forest

Self Serve 24/7 in-season.

SUMMER HOURS: MAY 1-OCT 31: Wed-Fri 12:00 pm-6:00 pm, Sat 10:00 am-4:00 pm, Sun 12:00 pm-6:00 pm

WINTER HOURS: NOV 1-APR 30: Sat 10:00 am-3:00 pm, Sun 10:00 am-2:00 pm




 Flowers to Fragrance

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 syrup with cheese pairings.

6275 Hwy 89, between Harriston and Mount Forest

Tues-Sat 10:00 am-5:00 pm. Closed Sun/Mon.



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 Mapleton's Organic

We welcome visitors to the farm all year! Experience the whole process, from farm to table, that makes our organic milk, ice cream, and yogurt the best tasting anywhere. Bring some home from our far m store, along with a selection of frozen meats. Can't wait? Stay for a scoop or two, or have lunch at our small cafe, serving sandwiches made with ingredients right off the farm (in season May-October), homemade soup and more! Stroll around, meet the animals in our demonstration barn, find your way through the cedar hedge maze, and learn how ice cream is produced. Tours and Groups Welcome (call ahead).

8548 Wellington Rd 7, just south of Teviotdale

SUMMER HOURS: MAY 1-OCT 31: Mon-Thurs 11:00 am-6:00 pm, Fri 11:00 am-8:00 pm, Sat/Sun 11:00 am-6:00 pm

WINTER HOURS: Tues/Wed 11:00 am-5:00 pm, Thurs 11:00 am-7:00 pm, Fri/Sat 11:00 am-5:00 pm

519.638.1115 or 1.877.779.9795


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 Misty Meadows Market

Enjoy a large variety of traditional butter tarts and other Mennonite baking. Also, pick up locally grown fresh produce in season, bulk and frozen foods, groceries, meats and cheeses, local maple syrup, honey and more. Takeout available at the food booth during the summer months.

7992 Hwy 89, Conn

Mon-Sat 8:00 am-6:00 pm with extended summertime hours. Closed Sundays.




Everything Alpaca! Pootcorners is home to over 60 alpacas. In the spring we are shearing. Late spring/early summer is birthing season ... the new cria's are so cute! Visitors are welcome to interact with the alpacas. A fully stocked farm store offers products made from their fleece, such as socks, mitts, scarves, toques, blankets, insoles and more. We also have yarn and raw fleece for the crafty person. Hides and meat are also available. Alpaca meat is very lean, healthy and tasty!

9455 Rd 146, southeast of Palmerston

Call ahead, we are home most days. Closed Sunday mornings.




Reroot Organic Farm

Visit our small, diversified far m open daily for self-serve at our farm store. Free-range eggs, pasture-raised meats and seasonal certified organic produce available year round. Our friendly hens will greet you in the driveway.

5642 11th Line, northwest of Harriston

Self Serve Daily 9:00 am-6:00 pm



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Steckles Produce and Flowers

We are a Garden Centre and On-Farm Market offering bedding plants, hanging baskets, and a wide variety of fresh produce in-season. We also stock local honey, maple syrup and Feiges Gourmet Dressings. Visit our farm to experience the best of home grown!

5757 Hwy 89, just north of Harriston

SPRING-FALL: 6 days/week 9:00 am-7:00 pm



WildThings Plant Farm

We are a plant nursery in the woods with wildflower walking trails through 36 acres of hardwood forest. There are display gardens everywhere and a huge selection of perennials, shrubs, ferns and grasses. No pesticides. Heirloom tomatoes. Special events in spring and summer.

9688 Baseline Road, just off Hwy 89

MAY-SEPT: Mon-Sat 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Sun 11:00 am-5:00 pm

OCT-APR: Available by Chance or Appointment




Pick up your copy of the Butter Tarts and Buggies brochure today, where you'll find a complete listing of Trail Participants.

For more information, to download a copy of the brochure map, or use their interactive map visit www.buttertartsandbuggies.com or call 1.866.848.3620.

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