Spring Rural Romp

Experience Northern Wellington County

Taste Real Spring Rural Romp

When: May 25, 2024, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Plants and Seedlings - Farm Fresh Foods - Tours - Kids Activities - Contests and more!

The Spring Rural Romp is a self-guided farm and food tour to farms, markets, nurseries, and local food and drink businesses in Mapleton, Minto and Wellington North.

Meet our taste makers, learn about local food and agriculture and discover local food destinations in Wellington County.

#RuralRomp #tastereal

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CALLING LOCAL FOOD AND FARM BUSINESSES

Farm and food partners in Northern Wellington County (Minto, Mapleton and Wellington North) are invited to participate in this year's Spring Rural Romp! Certain criteria applies, see application for details. Final deadline for applications is March 22, 2024.

View the Application


Updated 2024 location information will become available closer to the date, please check back later in April.
See below information for last years event.

2023 Spring Romp Destinations and Map

Printed maps are available for pick up at each participating location one week prior to the event. You can request one be mailed to you once available.


Farm Retail Store3GEN ORGANICS
7875 4th Line, Wallenstein
GPS 43.6823053, -80.6998782
T 226.220.5882  |  www.3genorganics.ca

Come visit us at The Farm Shop, 3Gen Organics on-farm store offering many delicious organic products produced from the health of our soil. Samples will be available featuring organic pork, chicken, beef, eggs, corn tortilla chips, honey, flour, and produce! We look forward to seeing you and connecting you to Mother Nature! Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food!

Must Taste: Single Origin Corn Tortilla Chips

 

strawberry cheesecake sheep milk gelatoALL SORTS ACRES FARM
312088 Highway 6, Ayton
GPS 44.059776, -80.794998
T 226.203.2273  |  www.allsortsacres.ca

Come visit Neville Lambbottom, outreach sheep, and learn about how a creative, regenerative circular sheep farm works. Try some sheep milk gelato, see how wool is processed and used in the garden, see what's in the natural dye-pot, and go for a walk back to the hayfield to watch the grazing sheep.

Must Taste: Chocolate Sheep Milk Gelato

 

Alpaca behind fenceALPACA TIME
5509 Highway 9, RR4, Harriston
GPS 43.950937, -80.945016
T 519.327.4566  |  www.alpacatime.ca

Visit our unique fibre mill where we process raw alpaca fibre, dye our own yarns, and make premium alpaca products. Visit the alpacas in our yard. Browse the store for socks, scarves, headbands, insoles, and yarn, as well as quality imported alpaca items, and a selection of local foods.

Unique Find: Locally made Alpaca Socks

 

Arthur GreenhouseARTHUR GREENHOUSES
7470 Second Line, Arthur
GPS 43.829720, -80.492952
T 519.848.6816  |  www.arthurgreenhouses.ca

Visit our family farm and plant nursery for a huge selection of herbs, fruit trees, shrubs, and vegetable transplants. Browse our greenhouse for bedding plants, perennials, and more. Join us at 2:00 pm for an Herb Planting workshop! Plant your 5 favorite herbs in a pot, receive instructions how to plant, and what plants will do best with each other. Cost for plants, pot, potting soil, fertilizer and instructions only $17.00 + hst. Confirm your spot in advance via phone or by emailing info@arthurgreenhouses.ca.

Unique Find: Unique Fruit Shrubs and Trees

 

Barrel House ShedTHE BARREL HOUSE CANADA
6275 Highway 89, Clifford
GPS 43.9634625, -80.8639877
T 613.243.3761  |  The Barrel House website

Stop at our barrel-themed destination for incredible baking, gifts and more. Try our mouth-watering cinnamon rolls, butter tarts and sweet treats made with barrel aged ingredients. Visit our workshop to learn about barrels and browse art, décor, and barrel inspired gifts and see our new Apple Cove in the works.

Must Taste: Butter Tarts

 

view of greenhousesNORTHERN GREEN LEGACY TREE NURSERY
8554 Line 6, Kenilworth (Damascus)
GPS 43.920893, -80.454748
T 519.400.3040  |  www.greenlegacy.ca

Visit the County of Wellington Green Legacy tree nursery and pick up a free tree! Join us for refreshments, explore the nursery, tour the greenhouses, 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 years annually to residents and landowners in Wellington County.

 

children holding bunniesTHE KABBESPATCH
7904 Wellington Road 8, Alma
GPS: 43.7485683, -80.6645948
T 519.497.0276  |  www.kabbespatch.com

Come on out to The Kabbespatch, learn about life on our family farm, and see our pigs, calves, chickens, ducks and rabbits. See first-hand how we raise our farm animals and browse our farm store for pork and beef products. Don't forget your cooler bag to load up on some delicious pork and beef!

Must Taste: Honey Garlic Sausage

 

pink sprinkled donutsMAGPIE’S BAKERY
181 Main Street S., Mount Forest
GPS 43.981011, -80.7344938
T 519.509.2253  |  www.magpies-bakery.ca

Stop by our quaint, hometown bakeshop where everything is made in house. Enjoy handmade, from scratch, sweet treats and local eats including our signature gourmet doughnuts, chocolate chip cookies, and delicious butter tarts (to name a few). Don't forget to stock up on our hand-rolled bagels and fresh baked bread!

Must Taste: Apple Fritters

 

children eating ice cream on farmMAPLETON’S ORGANIC DAIRY
8548 Wellington Road 7, Moorefield
GPS 43.824402, -80.737839
T 519.638.1115  |  www.mapletonsorganic.ca

Meet the animals in our pet barn, see how our cows milk themselves with our voluntary milking system, and find your way through our cedar maze. Try items from our NEW lunch menu followed by ice cream made right on site! Our shop provides frozen take-home meals, meat, and we even have take-home frozen raw dog food.

Must Taste: Artichoke Chicken Salad Wrap and Ginger Ice Cream

 

person feeding bison out in the pastureNORTHWIND BISON
8591 Concession 8, Moorefield
GPS 43.775011, -80.785412
519.496.1619  |  www.northwindbison.com

Welcome to our farm! We invite you to come see what raising bison is all about. You can explore our new handling and chute system to be installed this summer, and take a walk down our fence line path for viewing of the animals and interesting facts and photos along the way. Let your kids play on some bales, and check out our meat store for samples and refreshments. If we are lucky there may even be some bison calves born in time for your visit!

Must Taste Item: Bison Summer Sausage

 

children looking at alpacaPOOTCORNERS ALPACA
9455 Road 146, Palmerston
GPS 43.802661, -80.817539
T 519.343.3745  |  www.pootcorners.com

Pootcorners will be humming along with the completion of the shearing season during your visit to our farm. Watch the fibre fly as our annual harvest is collected and begins its journey to the fine products available in our farm store Stick around for hourly shearing demonstrations, relax at the picnic tables and view our new crias (baby alpacas)!

Must Taste: Alpaca Pepperettes

 

children looking at cowsREROOT ORGANIC FARM
5642 11th Line, Harriston
GPS 43.919975, -80.917114
T 519.820.1891  |  www.reroot.ca

Welcome to our busy, diversified, organic farm! Visit our critters in the barn and pastures, take a horse-drawn wagon ride around our certified organic gardens and check out our produce and meats at our farm store. We have a good selection of organic vegetable seedlings available for your home garden. While you’re here, visit our on-site farm and forest school, The Owl’s Nest and let your little farmer dig into some fun and educational activities. Enjoy a bbq’d sausage on a bun for lunch!

Must Taste: Pasture-raised Berkshire Pork Sausages in 5 varieties

 

distillery room with blue English telephone boothSILVER FOX DISTILLERY
7999 Wellington Road 109, Arthur
GPS 43.82688, -80.5342542
T 519.848.3235  |  www.silverfoxdistillery.ca

This 2022 U.S. Open Spirits’ Grand National Champion is a must-visit destination in Wellington County. Tour the distillery, sample their selection of spirits, or cool down with a non-alcoholic slushie. Explore their ‘Geek Museum’ and take pictures with the antique cars on display. Visit and see why this distillery has 26 awards in its first two years.

Must Taste: Dracula’s Flower and Ginger Beer

 

Sorry Sauce boothSORRY SAUCE
Display at 3Gen Organics, Wallenstein
GPS 43.6823053, -80.6998782
T 905.308.9646  |  www.sorrysauce.ca

Sorry Sauce started in Burlington in 2015, and relocated to Mapleton in 2017 to create the Garden of Apologies organic pepper farm. We grow 100+ of exotic and unusual hot peppers every season, and we pair them with local ingredients and green energy to craft our award winning line up of hot sauces. And they're all done Canadian style with a free apology in every bottle. Come visit Erik in a guest spot at 3Gen Organics to learn about hot peppers and how he can squeeze in 2000 plants on 3/4 of an acre, and to sample over a dozen different Sorry Sauces ranging from very mild to extreme heat. 

Must Taste: Cherrynobyl Sorry Sauce


Spring Rural Romp Treasure Hunt

Dig deeper into local food! Find our sign and QR code at each participating rural romp destination to answer a trivia question and you could win a Local Food Treasure! There's a different question at every location, so the more Rural Romp destinations you visit, the more chances you have to win!

How to Participate:

  • Visit a Spring Rural Romp location on Saturday, May 25
  • Find our Taste Real sign and QR code to find the trivia question (you may need to explore in order to answer correctly!)
  • Use your phone's camera to hover over the QR code to submit your answer to the trivia question online
  • Repeat! Every location has a different question, so each location is another chance to win one of three $100.00 gift certificates to a Taste Real partner business.
 Contest Terms and Conditions
This Spring Rural Romp Treasure Hunt Contest (“the Contest”) is administered by The Corporation of the County of Wellington (the “Sponsor” or “the County”). Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the Contest should be directed to the Sponsor at christinam@wellington.ca. By participating in this Contest, each contestant agrees to be legally bound by these Official Rules and Regulations (the “Rules”).

The contest will begin Saturday, May 25, 2024 at 12:00am until Saturday, May 25, 2024 at 11:59pm. The winners will be notified by June 28, 2024.


ELIGIBILITY

The Contest is open to all legal residents of Canada who:

(i) are eighteen (18) years of age or older as of the date of entering the Contest;

(ii) are not employees, representatives and agents of the County of Wellington. Members of the immediate family, representatives and agents (parents, children, siblings and spouse, regardless of where they live in Canada) and household of such employees may participate but are not eligible to win.

(iii) have agreed to comply with applicable federal, provincial, municipal and local laws (including, but not limited to, laws relating to libel and obscenity), assume responsibility for their activities, and not to harass, disrupt, abuse, or invade the privacy rights of others; and

(iv) have read and accepted and agreed to comply with these Rules.


  1. There is no limit of entries per person allowed for the contest.
  2. No purchase is necessary to enter the contest or win.

PRIZE

Three $100.00 gift certificates to Taste Real partner businesses.

On or about June 28, 2024 at 12:00 pm ET, in the County of Wellington, in the Province of Ontario, the three winning entries will be selected from all entries received. The contestants who owns the selected entries, and who are otherwise eligible to win, will be the selected contestants who is eligible to win the prizes subject to compliance with these Rules.

In order to be declared a winner and be able to claim a prize, each person who is selected as a winner will have to:

a. Be reached by the email and/or phone number by the contest sponsors within ten (10) days following the selection of winners on June 28, 2024.

b. Meet all Contest eligibility criteria and otherwise complying with these Rules.

c. Correctly answer, without assistance of any kind, whether mechanical or otherwise, a time-limited mathematical skill-testing question to be administered by the County of Wellington.

d. Complete a Contest Declaration and Release Form and return it to the County of Wellington, to the specified address, within ten (10) days of being contacted as a winner on June 28, 2024.

e. Upon receipt of the Contest Declaration and Release Form duly filled and signed by the winner, the County of Wellington will contact the winner with instructions on how to claim the prize.

f. In the event that any one of the conditions mentioned herein is not respected, the winner’s entry will be voided and a new selection will be made following the official contest rules until a new winner is selected.


GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS 

  1. The odds of winning the Prize is dependent on the number of eligible entries received by the Sponsor during the Contest Period in accordance with these Rules.
  2. The County of Wellington, and its members, trustees, agents, officers, contractors, volunteers, and employees will not be held responsible for any claims, demands, actions, complaints, suits, or other forms of liability that shall arise out of, by reason of, or be caused by the submission of a contest entry.
  3. The County of Wellington reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual from the Contest and to ban the individual from any future County of Wellington contest if it believes the participant is in violation of the official rules, acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.
  4. The prize must be accepted as awarded. No substitution of the prize is permitted except by the County of Wellington in its sole discretion. The County of Wellington reserves the right to substitute any prize with another prize of equal or greater value, if a prize cannot be awarded as described for any reason.
  5. The prize is transferable; however, it is not redeemable for cash or credit, in whole or in part.  The prize cannot be combined with any other offer.
  6. Entrants agree to abide by the terms of these Official Rules and by all decisions of the County of Wellington, which are final in all matters pertaining to the Contest. By entering, participants release and hold harmless the County of Wellington, its members, trustees, agents, officers, contractors, volunteers, and employees from any and all liability for any injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with the Contest or any prize won.
  7. By entering, you consent to the County of Wellington’s use, should you become a winner, of your name, place of residence, and your testimony without further compensation or notice, for publicity, advertising, or informational purposes in any media or format (including the Internet) in connection with this Contest, the County of Wellington, or future similar contests. By entering, you declare that you have complied with the Contest Rules.
  8. A selected entrant may be required to provide the County of Wellington with proof that the selected entrant is the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the selected entry. In the event of a dispute regarding who submitted an entry, it will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the person who is assigned an email address by an internet provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g. business, educational institute, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address.
  9. The Sponsor reserves the right to void any entry and/or withdraw, suspend, amend or terminate this Contest in whole or in part (or to amend these Rules) in any way at any time without prior notice (but subject to applicable law), in the event of an error, technical problem, computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failure or any other cause beyond the reasonable control of the Sponsor that, in the Sponsor’s sole discretion determines, interferes with the proper conduct of this Contest as contemplated by these Rules, or in the event of any accident, printing, administrative, or other error or any kind, or for any other reason.
  10. The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, and without prior notice, to adjust any of the dates and/or time frames stipulated in these Rules, to the extent necessary, for purposes of verifying compliance by any contestant or entry, with these Rules, or as a result of technical problems, or in light of any other circumstances which, in the opinion of the Sponsor, in its sole and absolute discretion, affect the proper administration of the Contest as contemplated in these Rules.
  11. In the event of any discrepancy or inconsistency between the terms and conditions of these Rules and disclosures or other statements contained in any Contest-related materials, these Rules shall prevail, govern and control.
  12. This Contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial, municipal and local laws and regulations. The decisions of the Sponsor with respect to all aspects of this Contest are final and binding on all contestants without right of appeal, including, without limitation, any decisions regarding the eligibility/disqualification of contestants, entries, and votes.

PRIVACY

By entering the Contest, each contestant expressly consents to the Sponsor, its agents and/or representatives, storing, sharing and using the personal information submitted with his/her entry only for the purpose of administering the Contest and in accordance with Sponsor’s privacy policy, unless the contestant otherwise specifies by giving Sponsor notice in writing.

No further informational or marketing communications will be received by the entrant unless the entrant provides the County of Wellington with explicit permission to do so. Please see the County of Wellington's Privacy Policy for additional details.


Romp Trip Tips

  • 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 an umbrella! The event occurs rain or shine so bring plenty of layers and a raincoat.
  • Bring your camera, take photos and post with #RuralRomp #tastereal
  • Pick up a map. Request a printed map in advance, or pick one up at any of the Rural Romp destinations. Directional signage is located along the Romp to help you find your way.
Learn what the Taste Real Rural Romps are all about in the below video.

Don't forget!

Mark your calendar for the Fall Rural Rompwhich happens every year on the last Saturday of September. The 2023 Romp will take place on Saturday, September 30.

Local Food Map Cover

Local Food Map

Finding locally grown food in Guelph and Wellington County is becoming easier every day.  It's being served up at farm stores, farmers' markets, restaurants, retail stores, and at community events. Look out for the Taste Real brand to identify food from our region.

The Guelph Wellington Local Food Map is our community's guide to farms, markets, retailers, restaurants, breweries, and other businesses that feature food grown in Guelph and Wellington County. This year-round guide can be picked up at Guelph and Wellington County libraries, tourism outlets, and select retail and business locations and all participating locations, or request a hard copy to be mailed right to your door!

Request a hard copy of the Local Food Map

           

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