Fall Rural Romp

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Experience the south of Wellington County and the Guelph Area

14th Annual Taste RealOM Fall Rural Romp

Saturday September 26, 2020  |  10:00am - 4:00pm

A self-guided Tour to Guelph and Southern Wellington County farms, markets and local food businesses.

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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Apply here to be a Participating Location for 2020

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

2020 LOCATIONS TO BE DETEREMINED IN AUGUST. Please see below for last years information.

Fall Romp Destinations and Map

Printed maps are available for pick up at each participating location a few weeks prior to the event. Map downloads available when new locations are determined.

Participating Locations:


5682 Fourth Line, HILLSBURGH

GPS 43.74302, -80.15059

T 519.766.6079  |  www.4thlinecattleco.ca

Come out to the rolling hills of 4th Line Cattle Co and visit the beautiful Texas Longhorn Cattle that are raised right here on the farm. Check out the onsite Farm Store and enjoy a snack made with our Longhorn Beef right from the Farm.

Treasure Hunt Question: How many longhorns do we have?


23 Brock Rd. S., ABERFOYLE

GPS 43.471249, -80.151216


Acclaimed as one of Canada’s best Farmers' Markets by Real Style magazine, the Aberfoyle Farmers’ Market is a friendly, local farmer and producer focused market. The market’s unique atmosphere is derived from the loyal vendors and customers that see it as an important part of their local community. Experience the unique market vibe for yourself on Rural Romp day! The market is fully accessible, has free parking and is open from 8:00am - 1:00pm.

Treasure Hunt Question: Which AFM vendor is the 'most local'?


9219 Erin-East Garafraxa Townline, ORTON

GPS 43.81101, -80.19548

T 519.820.1337  |  www.calehillfarms.ca

Having grown up on the family farm, raising animals comes second nature to owners Brittney and Andrew.

We started our chicken business partly out of our own family's need for fresh, ethically raised chicken.  Stop in to see what we do and learn why we do it. We will have examples of the feed that we use and can explain why we use it and how we optimize the living environment for our chickens. We can also discuss other parts of our farming business including how we grow corn, soybeans and wheat. If you like farm machinery you can see an example of the equipment that is essential to our farming operation. Our freezers will be fully stocked with our home grown chicken and our winter freezer stock up program will be in full swing.

Come on out to the farm and see what we do, ask us questions about our farm and meet the family that is raising your food.

Treasure Hunt Question: At what age do we bring the chicks home to the farm?


7687 Wellington Rd. 22, GUELPH/ERAMOSA

GPS 43.6597478, -80.2853738

T 519.767.3253  |  www.coxcreekcellars.on.ca

Experience Wellington County’s only winery! Take in our beautiful property, visit the orchards and browse our great selection of fruit and grape wines in our shop and tasting room. Sip two free samples and feel free to bring your picnic or order a cheese board and flight to enjoy at our picnic tables.

Treasure Hunt Question: Where do we get the grapes and fruit to make our wines?


355 Elmira Rd. N. - Unit 106, GUELPH

GPS 43.638781, -80.313683

T 519.362.1850  |  www.dixonsdistilledspirits.com

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. Browse our distillery store, sample our large variety of spirits including our signature Caesar.

Treasure Hunt Question: What types of Ontario grains does Dixon's use?


127 East Mill Street, ELORA (Bissell Park)

GPS 43.682692, -80.425977

T 519.846.1396  |  www.elorafarmersmarket.ca

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.

Treasure Hunt Question: Which unusual farm product can you find at the EFM? Name one.


0069 Sideroad 18, FERGUS

GPS 43.71435, -80.39885

T 519.787.7643  |  www.facebook.com/eversmilesgardens

Welcome to Ever Smiles Gardens, Homegrown and Handcrafted. We are proud to offer healthy options for you and your family. Wander our 2 acres of gardens, greenhouses, and small walking trail. Roast some marshmallows on the fire and visit our bee yard, rabbits and laying hens. Our produce, meat rabbits, eggs, and small batch artisan soaps are all chemical free and will be available for purchase.

Treasure Hunt Question: How many working gates do we have on the property?

FAN/JOY ‘Community Marketplace, Restaurant and Bar’

100 Trafalgar Rd., HILLSBURGH

GPS 43.79022, -80.14404

T 519.308.0900  |  www.chefpamfanjoy.com

Join Chopped Canada Champion Chef Pam Fanjoy at Fanjoy, a relaxed and rustic restaurant and bar in the heart of Hillsburgh. You'll enjoy tasty samples and food demos of her Rural Canadiana Cuisine, all made from scratch using local ingredients. Fanjoy also boasts a country Marketplace adjacent to their 40 seat restaurant that offers gift baskets, chef’s tools, and Gourmet-to-Go meals to enjoy at home or when you’re on the go to the cottage, camping or the ski chalet. Full-service catering, hands-on Jr. Chef classes and special events are quickly making this the local food hub - creating connection between people and inspiring change to improve both your physical and mental health.

Treasure Hunt Question: Name one local farm we source from.


155 Main St. S., ROCKWOOD

GPS 43.61758, -80.14261

T 519.400.3294  |  www.goodfellows.ca

Visit our friendly bakery and café located in the heart of the village of Rockwood. We specialize in sourdough breads and a modern twist on traditional pastries. Enjoy a fresh pressed espresso, ice latte or check out our wonderful selection of loose leaf teas. Browse our small retail section and learn about our commitment to work with local farms to highlight local food by local people.

Treasure Hunt Question: Name one local farm we source from.

THE GREEN LEGACY Open House – Bradford Whitcombe Tree Nursery

6714 Wellington Rd. 34, PUSLINCH

GPS 43.44652, -80.24596

T 519.546.2228  |  www.greenlegacy.ca

Open 9:00am – 1:00pm. Visit the County of Wellington Green Legacy tree nursery and pick up a free tree! Join us for breakfast, explore the nursery, go on a nature hike and try your hand at transplanting a tree! Learn more about how we work with students and volunteers to help increase forest cover locally. Green Legacy nurseries provide 170,000 trees annually to residents and landowners in Wellington County.

Treasure Hunt Question: Why does the Green Legacy grow Norway Spruce?


2 Gordon St., GUELPH

GPS 43.542324, -80.248412

T 519.822.1260 x 2244  |  www.guelph.ca/farmersmarket

Kick off the Rural Romp at the Guelph Farmers' Market! Discover the rich bounty of the harvest at the market and visit our incredible vendors. The Guelph Farmers' market is one of Guelph's oldest and well-loved community spaces featuring a wide-range of vendors including local farmers and prepared food vendors who utilize fresh local ingredients. The market is open from 7:00am - 12:00noon.

Treasure Hunt Question: What animal used to live in the market building before it became the Guelph Farmers' Market?


6185 Sixth Line, BELWOOD

GPS 43.7431, -80.2736

T 519.827.0939  |  www.harmonymeadowsalpaca.ca

Our Alpacas are looking forward to meeting you! Visit our farm to learn all about alpacas, and the many uses of alpaca fibre; browse the farm store where you can find beautiful alpaca products and local foods. Make sure to bring your camera to take some fun felfie's with our alpacas!

Treasure Hunt Question: How many alpacas do we have on our farm?


5438 Second Line, ERIN

GPS 43.70098, -80.13743

T 416.572.4352  |  www.heartwoodfarm.ca

Explore our unique forest garden and orchards that inspire our craft ciders. Learn how our grazing cattle, pastured pigs, chickens and farm work horses contribute to a healthy farm.

Our friends from Erin Soil Health Coalition will lead interactive activities around the farm to demonstrate the amazing potential of regenerative agriculture to address climate change.

Relax and enjoy food and drink at our forest edge tasting room and patio. We’ll have several food trucks serving grass-fed burgers and hotdogs, crepes and maple syrup, and Mapleton’s Organic ice cream cones. And of course, our delicious craft ciders will be available by-the-glass to enjoy on site and by-the-bottle to take home! Come see what’s new on tap this fall!

Treasure Hunt Question: What kind of hops are used in the production of Hoppity, one of our ciders?


6276 Eighth Line W., ELORA

GPS 43.62588, -80.44929

T 519.400.7205  |  www.facebook.com/RiverBoundFarms

Oh So Sweet! Visit RiverBound Farms to learn about bees and beekeeping.  Don't forget to sample some raw honey and specialty honeys from our own bees. All RiverBound hives are kept on-farm so they can feed from the best that the banks of the Grand River have to offer. Join our walking tour at 10:30am or 1:30pm to learn all about the bees and honey harvest. We also host a by-donation pumpkin and squash fundraiser; pick your favourites to help support food security initiatives within the Guelph community through Lakeside Hope House!

Treasure Hunt Question: How much does a full honey box weigh?


6794 Sixth Line, BELWOOD

GPS 43.80175, -80.35797

T 416.770.1056  |  www.saladdaysfarm.ca

Come see how organic vegetables are grown on a bio-intensive market garden. Learn about our community supported agriculture programme, tour our vegetable fields and greenhouses, and visit our free-range laying hens. Enjoy a delicious snack prepared by Savoy Culinary featuring fresh produce from the farm!

Treasure Hunt Question: How many laying hens do we have?


5089 Wellington Rd. 32, GUELPH

GPS 43.4964, -80.2915

T 519.822.1070  |  www.strom.ca

Experience autumn with a Strom's pumpkin pie, wander through 6,000 pumpkins in our front yard, and experience our Harvest Fun Area (‘Michael House’ 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.

Treasure Hunt Question: What variety of popcorn are we popping?


5727 5th Line of Eramosa, RR 1, ROCKWOOD

GPS 43.6818, -80.2304

T 519.856.4073  |  www.thatcher-farms.com

Enjoy a day in the countryside at Thatcher Farms located on 130 picturesque acres in Wellington County.  This year we are featuring our new corn maze, pumpkin patch, wagon rides and Fun Farm Yard.  Make Thatcher Farms your fall, family destination and tradition for years to come. Celebrate the exquisite fall season at the farm and get lost in our beautifully designed, 6 acre corn maze. Enjoy our pumpkin patch and hand pick pumpkins right from the field, tons of fun to be had in our children’s fun farm yard and complete your day with a delicious, made-with-love BBQ lunch. Everyone in your family is sure to enjoy. Enjoy tractor drawn wagon rides every weekend.

Maze and Pumpkin Patch Hours Tuesdays to Saturdays open at 9:00am and Sundays open at 11:00am. Last admission is one hour to market closing (also weather dependent).

Admission fees for Maze and Fun Farm Yard. Please NO PETS - NO SMOKING - NO OUTSIDE FOOD

Treasure Hunt Question: How many equine are at Thatcher Farms?


5887 Splint Rd., ARISS

GPS 43.579253, -80.404101

T 519.716.9464  |  www.topmarketmeats.ca

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 the piggies. Collect some chicken eggs, see the ducks make a splash, meet Jr. Farmer Lizzy and Johnny's 2019 4H show lambs. Bring your best pig yodelling call for the pig calling contest and see the pigs fly over for a piggy treat. Join us for lunch and browse our farm store for specials.

Treasure Hunt Question: Who is Gary?


950 Woodlawn Rd. W., GUELPH

GPS 43.533135, -80.320910

T 519.837.2337 | www.wellingtonbrewery.ca

Visit Wellington Brewery, Canada's oldest independently owned microbrewery. We craft our award-winning beers in small batches using the freshest all-natural ingredients. Since 1985, we've been a pioneer in the craft brewing scene by producing timeless, traditional style ales as well as experimenting with new recipes as part of our Welly One-Off Series. Please join us for a brewery tour followed by samples in our tap room!

Treasure Hunt Question: Which one of our beers is made with all local hops from Ontario?


5259 Jones Baseline, GUELPH

GPS 43.5968, -80.2102

T 519.827.1515  |  www.wcmarketplace.ca

Be sure to bring the family and enjoy visiting our farm animals, have your face painted or go for a jump on our bouncy castle. Safe room for lunch, as we are selling a kids treasure box' lunch (hot dog, juice, cup cake and a small surprise). Adults can enjoy pulled pork or sausage on a bun. Lots of fall décor to choose from, and stop and shop our little market full of fresh local foods. Listen to a live band, and join us for birthday cake as we celebrate our donkey Smokey’s 32nd birthday. Games and fun for everyone!

Treasure Hunt Question: There is a nursery rhyme on the wall of our store, what is it?


474 Charles Allan Way, FERGUS

GPS 43.69631, -80.40052

T 519.846.5359  |  www.wellington.ca

Wellington Terrace, committed to providing compassionate care, and honouring the unique needs of each resident.  Visit the Terrace and experience the unique connection to food, agriculture and rural life through our beautiful gardens. Drop in to listen to local entertainers, experience our micro market, sample our apple fritters, and hear about the lives of some Wellington County residents. Learn about our community partnerships and see how we contribute to economic and environmental sustainability through opportunities for employment, and volunteerism.

Treasure Hunt Question: How many pounds/kg of apples would we prepare for resident meals and snacks in one year?


5881 Third Line, HILLSBURGH

GPS 43.75207, -80.18781

T 519.831.7264  |  www.zocaloorganics.ca

Come learn about ecological vegetable production from the farmers at Zocalo Organics!  Enjoy a walk in our gardens and greenhouses and enjoy the shade and refreshments in our 100+ year old barn.  The farm-tour will take you through our veggie gardens explaining various organic farming methods that we feel are examples of honouring the complexity and vulnerability of our planet, climate, and soils. We will talk no-till, cover crops, biodiversity, and wetland conservation.

This Rural Romp we will be celebrating our 5 year anniversary!

Treasure Hunt Question: What is a broad fork?

take a felfie and win image

Take a "Felfie" Challenge

Capture all that Wellington County and Guelph have to offer with a felfie (farm selfie) and share your photos on Twitter or Facebook using #RuralRomp #tastereal.

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.

Photo Contest

Take your camera along on the Rural Romp and you could win 1 of 3 local food prizes! Judges will decide on winners in the following three categories: Farmscapes, Family fun on the Romp, and Food (farm fresh or prepared).

Enter the Photo Contest

View Past Winners

Local Food Treasure Hunt

Dig deeper into local food! Answer a trivia question at each participating location by filling out a ballot on romp day, and you could win a Local Food Treasure!

Romp Trip Tips

boy holding fall rural romp map

  • 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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