Eat Up Your February

Eat Up Your February

February 1 - 17, 2019

Did you know you can buy from local food producers and retailers all year-round?  While the winter months are traditionally a slow time at many local food operations, there are plenty of great food options available in Wellington County. Discover some of the best winter eats and local food options in February with Eat up your February!

Dining - Shopping - Events - Classes - Tours - Deals

How do you want to eat up your February?

(Please review opening hours/days prior to visiting any Taste Real® partner businesses. Unless otherwise stated all promotions run from February 1 – 17, 2019.)

Where applicable, please use the TASTEREAL promo code online, or let the staff or farmer know that you saw the promotion on the Taste Real website.


Ellcrest Farms, MOOREFIELD
Previously a dairy farm, Paul and Pam Ellis know all about what it takes to raise healthy, premium cattle. Their beef is home grown, butchered and government inspected.

  • Save on Extra Lean Hamburger, $3.95 a pound (one of their must taste items!)

Gerrie’s Farm Market, ELORA
One of our favourite local farm markets, conveniently located on the edge of town, carries local goods year round. Famous for the flowers, seedling and plants in the spring, they have an excellent line up of local products grown on their own farm or sourced from nearby.

  • Save on delicious Turkey Sausage $5.95/lb regular $6.95/lb
  • Purchase 4L Maple Syrup for $42.00 regular $48.00  
  • Use the TASTEREAL promo code for a free gift with purchase over $50.00.

Fraberts Fresh Foods, FERGUS
Championing local food is part of the philosophy at Fraberts Fresh Foods. You will find their shelves stocked with plenty of local food options year-round.

  • Enjoy 10% off Frabert’s locally-raised chicken when you use the TASTEREAL promo code.
  • Watch for their special take out Valentines Dinner for two. Pre-order in store or by giving them a call.

Green Bicycle Farm, ROCKWOOD
Green Bicycle Farm is a small scale vegetable and cut flower farm who focus on sustainable agricultural practices.  They grow vegetables, flowers, native trees and honey and believe that nurturing and building soil is the key to growing truly nourishing food.

  • Register for a regular CSA share between February 1st and February 17 and receive a free large bouquet and 10% off the price! Type the code TASTEREAL in the message section so that the discount can be applied.

Heartwood Farm and Cidery, ERIN
Heartwood is a regenerative farm with fresh air, good soil, healthy plants and animals, and a lively kitchen table. They make delicious small-batch craft ciders, using ingredients from their farm and local community

  • Venture down their country lane to a charming farm store and tasting room on Tuesday, February 12 from 5:00pm - 8:00pm for a special "get ready for a cozy-night-in with your Valentine" shopping opportunity. Sample a special Valentine's cider cocktail called “The Alchemy of Love" (crafted on-farm for Valentine's Week only!) while you gather up the fixings for a romantic "made at home" evening. Take home their special “The Alchemy of Love” cocktail kit, a couple of Heartwood glasses to serve it in, a ready-to-bake Heartwood Pork and Cider pie (made by chef friends), some decadent cupcakes... maybe even a little love poetry ... and revel in the magic of a farm-inspired Valentine's Day.
  • Also open on Thursday, February 14 from 5:00pm - 8:00pm for last minute shoppers (while supplies last).

Hoppy Fields Farm, FERGUS
Hoppy Fields Farm is a small, organically run vegetable farm located just outside of Fergus. Get local, organically grown produce every week of the growing season by joining a CSA programme. Choose to have your CSA share delivered, or you can pick it up at the Elora Farmers' Market and pick what you want each week.

  • Sign up for regular sized CSA shares during Eat Up Your February, and get $50.00 off! Just mention TASTEREAL.

Learn more about farm shares in Wellington County on our CSA page.

Lau-tea-da Lentils, ELORA
Looking for a great year round local food ingredient? Try Lau-tea-da lentils, sustainably grown just outside of Elora by Ontario’s only. The lentils are high in protein, fibre and iron and a heart healthy ingredient.

Laza Food and Beverages Inc., GUELPH
Stock your freezer with some cool treats – All Natural Laza Ice Pops, sweetened with maple syrup, gluten free and dairy free, made in Guelph. Ice pops are available at the Guelph Farmers’ Market in the following flavours: mango, strawberry, blueberry, banana.

  • Enjoy a Eat Up Your February special (until February 31): buy 10 and get one free! Bonus: with these temperatures, you won’t need freezer bag to get them home safely!

Mackay Farms, ELORA
This fifty acre farm is just 5 kilometers from Elora and backs onto the Grand River. They are a small organic vegetable farm, offering CSA shares and are full time vendors at the Elora Farmers' Market.

  • Garlic Sale! Stock up for winter, sale runs February 3-19. Garlic is only $5.00 per pound! (7 - 8 bulbs). Call Rob at 519.820.3311 or email

Mapleton’s Organic Dairy, MOOREFIELD
You’ll always find a good reason to visit Mapleton’s Organic Dairy. Famous for their excellent on-site made ice cream and yogurt, you can find many more great local foods in their farm store and cafe.

  • Buy $50 of pork and receive 10% off. Perhaps place an order for a whole or half a pig to stock your freezer, you choose the butchers cuts for $5.30 lb and we will pay the butcher.
  • Organic chicken, duck or beef available. February in store specials buy 10 - 1lb packages of ground beef and get the 11th free.
  • Homemade smoked pork hock soup will be the feature soup in their Cafe for the month. Head over and warm up with a nice hot bowl of soup and then cool down with an ice cream cone! All organic ice cream flavors available to purchase in the farm store.
  • All deals are through to the end of February

Salad Days Farm, BELWOOD
Their philosophy is simple: healthy soils grow nutritious vegetables.This is a great time to think ahead to summer and all the wonderful produce that will be filling local fields and greenhouses.

  • Save $10 when you add a Salad Greens Share to your CSA Farm Share order during Eat Up Your February. Visit for more details about their CSA program. Use promocode TASTEREAL when you place your order.

Terra Verde Homestead, CONN
Terra Verde runs certified organic local CSA farm share program and raises heirloom chickens, ducks, Guinea Fowl, Kune Kune pigs and honey bees.

  • Visit them during Eat Up Your February to receive 10% off eggs, or honey

Thatcher Farms Butcher Shop, Bakery and Farm Market, ROCKWOOD
Knowing where your food comes from and how it is grown is an essential ingredient when looking to buy fresh, quality, sustainable meats. At Thatcher Farms you will meet your local farmer and you will learn how buying locally produced meats, eggs, cheeses, honey and syrup help to support and preserve local agriculture.

  • Purchase any three packs of sausage (beef, pork, lamb, chicken or turkey sausage) and receive one package FREE! Their sausages are home-grown and hand-made with love! (through to the end of February)

Wagram Springs, MOOREFIELD
Birch syrup is making a foray in some of the best kitchens throughout the country, but is yet a relatively unknown, locally grown ingredient to many of us. Here is your chance to try it, and see why all the chefs are so excited about it.

  • As they prepare for the 2019 birch syrup harvest, Wagram Springs is offering 10% discount off their existing inventory including 100% Pure Canadian Birch Syrup, Birch Syrup Caramels and ‘New to our product line’ Birch Vinaigrette and Birch Vinegar!
  • Orders may be placed at Wagram Springs web store with the promo code TASTEREAL


Wellington Brewery, GUELPH
Canada's oldest independently owned microbrewery. Based in Guelph, Ontario, they craft award-winning beers in small batches using the freshest all-natural ingredients.

  • On February 9, join Wellington Brewery for a Beer Release Party! Tap the first keg of 5 out of 5 Foreign Export Stout, a collaboration with the #IGBREWCREW, some of Ontario’s top craft beer influencers, who will be at the party to answer any questions you have! The Sweet and Savoury Pie Company from Waterloo will be on hand to serve up some specially paired pies with the brews. Learn more.
  • Samplings and Brewery Tours: Visit them in their comfy taproom for snacks, board games and delicious craft beer daily from 12noon - 7:00pm. Also offering a tour of their brew house every Saturday at 1:30pm, 3:00pm, and 4:30pm
    (950 Woodlawn Rd W, Guelph, ON N1K 1G2) Learn more.

Royal City Brewing Company, GUELPH
Unfiltered small batch brewery focusing on fresh, innovative yet approachable beers. Join them for a brewhouse tour and guided beer tasting by in-house Master of Beer Sommelier, Dan Schmidt!

  • Winter Tours and Tastings: Every Saturday in February, 1:00pm - 2:00pm or 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    (Tickets include an hour long tour of our brewhouse and guided beer tasting. Dan will discuss with you the basics of brewing, general brewing and beer style history as well as details of Royal City's specific process and brands. You will also receive a beer glass to take home and a coupon for a beer at one of their many favourite local Guelph restaurants.)


The Cutting Board Sandwich Co., GUELPH
A stop not to be missed. Offering from scratch, craft made sandwiches, sides and milk shakes. Made Real, Made Right.

  • Join them all February long for a special dinner feature! Enjoy braised pork belly (sourced from your local butcher shop, Trotter's), maple glazed red cabbage, celery root puree, granny smith apple, and grainy mustard jus YUM! (For dinner only starting at 5pm daily: Friday February 1 to Thursday February 28 2019)


Tailwinds Bed and Breakfast, HILLSBURGH
We invite you to spend the night and extend your stay in Wellington County! At Tailwind B and B you get more than just great hospitality – the hosts serve up an excellent local food breakfast too with locally grown seasonal produce from their neighbours at Everdale. When you arrive you are also greeted with a tray of local delights including a charcuterie board with Majestic Water Buffalo meat.

  • Book a room during the month of February for any date in 2019 and receive a sweet treat from locally produced Edible Promotions!
  • Add promo code TASTEREAL to the comments sections when you book are room at


Krisha Indian Cooking School, GUELPH/PUSLINCH
Learn authentic Indian cooking skills and join them for one of their upcoming hands-on cooking classes. Let Chitra introduce you to the flavourful world of Indian cuisine and see how you can use local ingredients to recreate these dishes in your home kitchen.

  • Sign up during February 1-17 for any future classes listed on their website using the promo code TASTEREAL, and receive a free package of their own Indian spice mix!

Minga Skill Building Hub Workshops, GUELPH/WELLINGTON COUNTY

  • Get 10% off any of Minga’s upcoming workshops when you sign up from February 1-17. Enter promo code TASTEREAL at checkout
    • Designing Tiny Homes, Cozy Cabins and Small Spaces: Insight, Foresight, and Practical Planning, February 23, Ignatius Jesuit Centre, Guelph/Eramosa
    • Sourdough Bread Baking, February 24, Rockmossa Community Hall, Rockwood
  • Minga offers a full line of up workshops throughout the year including Keeping Backyard Chickens, Introduction to Permaculture, Foraging for Wild Edibles, Wild Mushroom Identification and Foraging, Planning a Home Veggie Garden, and Introduction to Cannabis For The Home Gardener. Check out all the details on their website.

Taste Detours, GUELPH
The award-winning Taste Detours will visit local businesses where you’ll enjoy our regional cuisine and learn about the people behind the restaurants, pubs and specialty food shops. Along the way your guide will share some little known history of the area and point out cultural landmarks. Buy your tickets online at

  • EatStreet: A Moveable Brunch (February 9) A bit of sweet, some savoury, a World of Taste, and much fun in between. Use the code EatFebruary on checkout to get 50% off your 3rd ticket!


SUNDAY BRUNCH at Artisanale French Country Cooking
February 3, 10, 17  |  GUELPH  |  10:00am - 2:00pm
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BEER SOAP Workshop with Wellington Brewery
February 4  |  GUELPH  |  7:00pm - 9:00pm
More information and registration.

EATSTREET: A Moveable Brunch Tour with Taste Detours
February 9  |  GUELPH  |  9:30am - 12:30pm
More information and registration.

BEER RELEASE PARTY at Wellington Brewery
February 9  |  GUELPH  |  2:00pm - 5:00pm
More information.

SAUCES Cooking Class at Fan/Joy Restaurant
February 10  |  HILLSBURGH  |  3:00pm - 5:00pm
More information and registration.

DROP SPINDLE - WOOL TO YARN 101 with Circle R Livestock
February 10  |  WALLENSTEIN  |  2:00pm - 3:30pm
More information and registration.

February 12  |  GUELPH  |  6:00pm - 8:30pm
More information and registration.

BEER AND FOOD PAIRING SERIES: Sweet Treats! at Royal City Brewing Company
February 12  |  GUELPH  |  7:00pm - 9:00pm
More information and registration.

VALENTINES DINNER at Cox Creek Cellars
February 14  |  GUELPH/ERAMOSA  |  6:00pm
More information and registration.

FEAST OF INDIA Cooking Class with Krisha Indian Cooking School
February 16  |  BRESLAU  |  2:30pm - 5:00pm
More information and registration.

INTRODUCTION TO SOURDOUGH Workshop with Elora Bread Trading Co.
February 17  |  ELORA  |  1:00pm
More information and registration.

STARCHES AND POTATOES Cooking Class at Fan/Joy Restaurant
February 17  |  HILLSBURGH  |  3:00pm - 5:00pm
More information and registration.

FAMILY DAY Cooking Class at Fan/Joy Restaurant
February 18  |  HILLSBURGH  |  10:00am and 2:00pm
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Business Name Contact First and Last Name(s) Business Address Unit or RR # Town/ Village/ City Postal Code Phone Number Other Phone Number Email Address (PUBLIC) Additional Email Addresses (INTERNAL USE ONLY) Website Application Type Fall Rural Romp
Uprooted Farm Donna Pardy 56 Sophia St Elora N0B 1S0 519-496-0722 Farm Please keep me informed
Conroy's Crops Lisa Conroy 7535 Conservation Rd Guelph N1H 6J1 519-831-4370 Farm Please keep me informed
Heartwood Farm & Cidery Val Steinmann 5438 2nd Line Erin RR#3 Acton L7J 2L9 416-527-4432 416-527-4352 Farm Please keep me informed
Mackay Farms and Stables Rob Mackay 7259 Middlebrook Rd. Elora N0B 1S0 519-820-3311 519-836-0100 Farm Please keep me informed
Red Rabbit Gardens Emily Hendrikx 5835 Wellington Rd. 26 Erin N0B 2K0 905-327-7019  Farm Please keep me informed
Country Crops Emile Hadi 9478 Wellington Rd 124 Erin N0B 1T0 519-833-2084 Farm Please keep me informed
Hoppy Fields Farm Thomas Radcliffe 7784 Side road 15 RR#1 FERGUS N1M2W3 226-343-1865 Farm Please keep me informed
Buds &Blossoms Farm Annet Selles 459 South River Road Elora N0B1S0 519-787-0641 416-990-3401 Farm Please keep me informed
RiverBound Farms Allan & Shiona Kaastra 6276 Eighth Line West RR1 Elora N0B 1S0 519-400-7205 Farm Please keep me informed
Green Bicycle Farm Annie Guimond 5329 3RD LINE Rockwood N0B2K0 226-203-3214 226-821-3887 Farm Please keep me informed
Craig family farm James Craig 8648 Highway 6 Arthur N0G1A0 519-831-2445 Farm Please keep me informed
Springmead Farm Meaghan Mechler 7500 Wellington Road 8 Alma N0B 1A0 226-750-7519 519-638-3469 Farm Please keep me informed
GoodLeaf Farms Jacquie Needham 3- 35 Cooper Dr. Guelph N1C 0A4 519-820-0679 416-716-9213 Farm Please keep me informed
Harvest Hop + Malt Mike Driscoll 4856 Sideroad 10N Puslinch N1H 6J1 519-831-7696 Beverage Please keep me informed
Goodfellow's Field to Fork  Ryan Goodfellow 155 main st south Rockwood  N0B2K0 519-856-9000 Food Service Please keep me informed
Earth to Table: Bread Bar Jessica Sanders 105 Gordon St Guelph N1H 4H7 519-767-2999 Food Service Please keep me informed
NOMAD CHEF RABIH ABOUHALKA 27 WILSONVIEW AVENUE GUELPH N1G 2W5 519-400-9925 Food Service Please keep me informed
Cassoulet Catering Greg Hubbard 79 Brock road south Aberfoyle N0B 2J0 226-486-1011 Food Service Please keep me informed
The Danish Place Kristine Mathers 7150 Concession 1 RR #1 Puslinch N0B 2J0 519-824-0539 Food Service Please keep me informed
Union Market Square Stephen Goyda 599 Arkell Road Arkell N0B1C0 519-767-0024 Food Service Please keep me informed
Park Grocery Deli & Bar Fountain Santos 294 Woolwich St Guelph N1H 3W3 519-265-9002 519-823-3956 Food Service Please keep me informed
The Elora Mercantile Patti Boutin 58 Geddes Street Unit 1 Elora N0B 1S0 519-829-6379 Food Service Please keep me informed

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