Spring Experiences

Spring has sprung in #WellingtonCounty!

Get plantingCSA Sign-up Maple SyrupForageSpring Rural RompIndoor ActivitesEvents

Get planting!

Visit a nursery or greenhouse

Visit Wellington County nurseries and greenhouses for all your gardening needs.

Arthur Greenhouses, Nursery and Market Garden, Arthur – trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, seeds, flowers, planters, hanging baskets, herbs

Bee Sweet Nature Company, Puslinch - native plants, shrubs, berry plants raised from local seed

Big John’s Farm Market, Kenilworth – hanging baskets

Buds and Blossoms Farm, Elora – perennials and flowers, floral arrangements, planters

Butt’s Berry and Flower Farm, Rockwood – cut flowers

Country Crops, Erin – annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, vegetable plants, soils

The Fieldstone Barn, Elora – flowers

Gerrie’s Garden Centre and Farm Market, Elora – herbs, seedlings, perennials, annuals, hanging baskets, planters

J and N Produce and Flowers, Ariss – annuals, perennials, flowers, hanging baskets, planters

LitteTree Garden Market, Fergus – annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, indoor and outdoor plants, hanging baskets, planters

Middlebrook Farm Market, Elora – seedlings, bedding plants, flowers, hanging baskets, planters

Misty Meadows Market Inc., Conn – seedlings, hanging baskets, planters

Mosborough Country Market, Guelph/Eramosa – hanging baskets

Steckle’s Produce and Flowers, Harriston – annuals, perennials, bedding plants, flowers, hanging baskets, planters, seedlings

Plant Sales and More

Many CSA farms sell extra seedlings after their fields are planted. Check out our CSA farm directory for a farm near you, or watch our Facebook page for more information. Most farmers’ markets carry seedlings, hanging baskets and seeds in the spring. Find a market near you.

Container Gardening

Want to garden but have limited space? 10C workshops on how to make your own container garden for urban dwellers. Contact them for more information www.10carden.ca.

Locally Grown Seeds

Hawthorn Farm in Mount Forest produces heirloom, certified organic, farm selected, open-pollinated vegetable, herb and flower seeds. They can be ordered directly from the farm or are available locally at Reroot Farm - Harriston, the Elora Farmers’ Market and the Stone Store - Guelph. Visit their website to learn more www.hawthornfarm.ca.

Green Legacy

The County’s Green Legacy Programme provides Wellington County residents with free tree saplings to increase tree coverage and stop erosion. For more information and to place tree order, visit their website www.greenlegacy.com.

Seed Libraries

Hillsburgh, Palmerston, and Fergus seed libraries are operating in 2023. Learn more on the applicable branch website


 Sign-up for a farm share / CSA

Farm shares, often called CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture), provide direct access to high-quality, fresh produce grown by local farmers. By joining a CSA, you are supporting a small local business who can deliver produce that is much fresher than you could find in most grocery stores. All Guelph-Wellington area CSA farms are committed to ecological methods of growing, resulting in high-quality produce that is free from chemical residues.

Click here to find a CSAs in Wellington County.

How a Farm Share Works:

A member signs up before the season for the size of veggie share that is recommended for their household size. During the allotted season they pick up according to a weekly or biweekly schedule from a drop-off location in Guelph or other locations in Wellington County. Some farms offer shares year-round, while others operate in the main growing season. Farmers are able to offer lower prices for their produce than they would at a market or in stores because of the full-season commitment.

The farms are listed below with their pick-up locations and seasons of operation.

What are the benefits of a CSA?

When farmers and consumers connect in a direct way, there are many positive benefits for both eaters and growers.

  • Members eat healthier and learn to cook with healthy ingredients.
  • Member children often take interest in their farm and eat more vegetables as a result.
  • Farmers feel supported and motivated to improve the quality of what they offer, and share the realities of farming with their membership.
  • Farms are able to stay small and financially-viable.

Most farms offer newsletters and events to educate their membership about the farming methods they use, and invite members to enjoy their farms. Hence CSA is also known as Community Shared Agriculture.

Overall, CSA farms build community, improve their local environment (often by using organic growing methods), and offer a connected experience for their members!

More Farm Fresh Opportunities

Spring lamb is available in Ontario year-round, but fresh lamb is a spring treat for many. There are lots of options to buy lamb locally. Check out these Wellington County farms and a retail stores who offer high quality meat.


Maple Syrup Experiences

It’s no surprise that Canadians produce and consume Maple Syrup by the gallon. We use it in desserts, salad dressings, BBQ sauce and you can drench almost every breakfast food in it for a naturally sweet flavour. Some even enjoy it on its own, poured over snow!

Find a local maple syrup adventure in Wellington County


Foraging, as we know, has been around since prehistoric times. Besides hunting, foraging is how our ancestors harvested food (read: plants) before agriculture and farming took over. Ontario’s forests, meadows and waters provide an incredible range of nutritious and delicious edible wild plants.

Wild foods and the places they grow should be treated with care and respect.

Never take the whole plant, be careful where you step and don’t trespass on private property. Pick species that are invasive or recover easily. Lastly, if you don’t know what it is – don’t eat it!

Learn more about responsible foraging here

Taste Real's Spring Rural Romp

The Spring Rural Romp is a self-guided farm and food tour to farms, markets and nurseries in Mapleton, Minto and Wellington North. Meet the taste makers, learn about local food and agriculture and discover local food destinations in Wellington County.

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

Stay tuned here for more details coming soon on this iconic #WellingtonCounty local food event.

Indoor Activites

There's always something to do in Wellington County, even during spring showers. Visit one of our renowned theatres, take a scenic driving routes, or treat your tastebuds at a local restaurant or craft brewery. 

Explore Wellington County's year-round activities here


Mother's Day

We love to celebrating with great food - and Mother’s Day is no exception. Surprise mom with food prepared by local chefs - find all of the options for take-out, specials, and gift ideas here

More Events

Find everything happening across Wellington County using our handy Festival and Events Calendar.


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