Romp From Home

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We may not be hosting our annual Spring Rural Romp this year, but we'd like to get you excited about the exceptional Rural Romp farms and businesses that would have hosted you at their location.

Join us for a #RompFromHome. Local farms and businesses remain open or have developed alternate procedures to make it easy and safe for you to purchase from them.

Follow along and let us introduce you to some of our taste makers and growers in Mapleton, Minto, and Wellington-North.

Share your experience with us! #RompFromHome #tastereal

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

Romp Destinations

Participating Locations:

All SORTS ACRES FARM - HAPPY SHEEP CREAMERY

312088 Highway 6, AYTON

GPS 44.060164, -80.794781

T 519.803.9875  |  www.allsortsacre.ca

Sheep cheese, yogurt, meats, yarn, honey and more - All Sorts Acre Farm offers a wide variety of products on their online store. Our personal favourite - sheep milk gelato! It comes in a variety of flavours from chocolate to maple rhubarb, always seasonal, always delicious. All Sorts Acre also offers convenient, contact-less delivery for their products.

Must Taste Item: Chocolate sheep milk gelato!

ALPACA TIME

5509 Highway 9, HARRISTON

GPS 43.950937, -80.945016

T 519.327.4566  |  www.alpacatime.ca

Alpaca Time is Wellington County's own alpaca fibre mill that processes alpaca fibre from all over North America. From the viewing window in their on-site retail store, you can see the machinery and spinning process in action. Their store (currently closed due to renovations) is stocked with a large selection of high quality alpaca products, wool and a number of local foods and farm products. Check out their excellent online store for shopping from the comfort of your own home.

ARTHUR GREENHOUSES, NURSERY AND MARKET GARDEN

7470 Second Line, ARTHUR

GPS 43.829720, -80.492952

T 519.848.6816  |  www.arthurgreenhouses.ca

Arthur Greenhouses offers a wide variety of flowers, plants and other gardening supplies. Their garden centre is fully stocked with bedding plants, fruit shrubs, herbs, hanging baskets, perennials, seeds, soil and more. Usually we'd encourage you to spend some time, explore the grounds, and pick out the perfect plants with your family. For the time being, come and visit (1 person per family) or email/call in your order and they'll gladly provide parking lot pick up to keep everyone safe.

Unique finds: Unique fruit shrubs and trees

Must Taste Item: Wagram Springs’ Birch Syrup Products

BIG JOHN'S COUNTRY MARKET

9537 Highway 6, KENILWORTH

GPS 43.935561, -80.689447

T 519.323.6996  |  www.bigjohnscountrymarket.ca

Big John's Country Market offers convenient local food shopping 24 hours a day. The farm store located on Highway 6 in between Arthur and Mount Forest is stocked with a  selection of naturally raised meats, home baking, preserves, fresh spring produce, and more. After hour shopping is available for some of the products at the self-serve stand just outside the farm store. Big John's can also be found a the Wellington North Farmers' Market in Mount Forest.

Must Taste Item: Butter Tarts

THE GREEN LEGACY TREE NURSERY

8554 Line 6, KENILWORTH (DAMASCUS)

GPS 43.920893, -80.454748 (View a Map)

T 519.546.4788  |  www.greenlegacy.ca

Wellington County's Green Legacy programme operates two tree nurseries, one in Puslinch and one in Wellington North. This innovative initiative has been providing young trees to Wellington County farms and residents to assist with greening the community. Green Legacy engages hundreds of volunteers annually, including community groups, school children, and local municipalities to care for and distribute trees.

HARRISTON PACKING CO.

142 Arthur St., HARRISTON

GPS 43.910696, -80.875758

T 519.338.3330  |  www.harristonpacking.ca

Harriston Packing Co. is a family butcher shop, deli and smoke house in Harriston. They are a great location to stock up for BBQ season and offer wide variety of in house butchered meats, preserves and locally made condiments. They are famous for their smoked products, and their various 'meat packages' that have a selection of favourite cuts. You can conveniently browse their offerings from home and pre-order through their online store or visit their butcher shop. Find out more about this #RompFromHome business here.

Must Taste Item: House Made Beef Jerky

MAPLETON'S ORGANIC DAIRY

8548 Wellington Rd. 7, MOOREFIELD

GPS 43.824402, -80.737839

T 519.638.1115  |  www.mapletonsorganic.ca

Famous for their excellent farm-made ice cream, Mapleton's Organic is one of the top farm tourism locations in Wellington County. Barnyard visits, cafe lunches, and exploring the cedar maze are usually on the menu. While their farm store continues to operate with limited hours, the activity spaces, animal areas and barns remain closed at this time. Check out their online store and delivery options featuring family variety boxes, bulk meat orders, eggs, and of course, ice cream!

Must Taste Item: Dandelion Ice Cream

MEAT THE BUTCHER

157 Main St. S., MOUNT FOREST

GPS 43.981092, -80.734893

T 519.323.3482

Meat the Butcher is Mount Forest's small-town butcher shop where time-honoured techniques are used to prepare fresh meat specialties. They are known for their huge selection of homemade, frozen entrees - you can choose from 21 different ones. You'll also find local foods, including prepared meals, honey, preserves, and more. A true local food destination! Call ahead for larger orders.

Must Taste Item: Selection of house made entrees

MEIKLEJOHN HOUSE B AND B

116 Arthur St. E.,  HARRISTON

GPS 43.916679, -80.868133

T 519.338.2671  |  www.meiklejohnhouse.ca

Are you looking at vacation plans closer to home? Here's a gem to put on your list for when it is safe to travel. Escape to the country in style! Historic Meiklejohn House B and B situated beautiful Harriston offers a relaxing patio, and charming gardens. The gorgeous Victorian-era home has many unique features, such as a conservatory, marble fireplaces, and a recessing wall in the parlour! Stroll through the gardens, enjoy a cup of tea on their relaxing patio served with their must taste:  Apple Pie Jam and homemade scones... yum!

Must Taste Item: Apple Pie Jam

POOTCORNERS ALPACA

9455 Road 146, PALMERSTON

GPS 43.802661, -80.817539

519.343.3745  |  www.pootcorners.com

While you might not be able to meet baby alpacas or watch the shearing this year, we highly recommend you visit Pootcorners in the future. Their online store and farm store has a large selection of alpaca fibre products and meat available. You can also find Pootcorners as a vendor at the Minto Farmers' Market in Palmerston, or at numerous arts and craft shows throughout the year.

Must Taste Item: Alpaca Pepperettes

REROOT ORGANIC FARM

5642 Eleventh Line, HARRISTON

GPS 43.919975, -80.917114

T 519.820.1891  |  www.reroot.ca

Reroot Organic is a diversified farm located close to Harriston in northern Wellington County. Their self-serve farm store is fully stocked with seasonal products, including produce, pasture-raised meats, eggs, honey, flour, and more. This time of year they also sell Hawthorne Farm seeds and vegetable seedlings for home gardeners. Reroot products are also available through the Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) programme, and at the weekly Elora Farmers’ Market.

Must Taste Item: Farm Raised Pork Sausage

Local Food Photo Contest

Thanks to everyone for supporting local farms, farmers' markets and businesses this summer. Snap a photo of your local food purchases, or while you are out at farm/local food business and tag us @TasteReal for a chance to be entered into a draw to win one of two $50.00 local food prizes. Contest will run for June and July and a winner will be announced for each month. Photos can be shared on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (ensure the photo setting is set to public - so we can see/share your entry).

More information here.

Don't forget!

Mark your calendar for the Fall Rural Romp, which takes place annually on the last Saturday of September. The 2020 Fall Romp is tentative for September 26.

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