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Thatcher Farms

Fall Rural Romp

2013 Fall Wellington Rural Romp
Saturday, September 27th, 10am - 4pm

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 agriculture's bounty. At each location, you will find farmers and business owners who are passionate about bringing real taste and local food to you.

 

Participating 2014 Locations to be announced in June of this year. For last year's details, pelase see below.

Find the list of up-to-date Romp locations below. Or download a printable PDF version of the map here.

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View poster here.

View press release here.

Take part in the Photo Contest and win one of our great local food prizes. View details here.

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Romp Locations

Drumlin Farm
Gerry and Sue Stephenson
4565 Watson Rd S, RR#1, Puslinch
GPS Coordinates: 43.509957,-80.130812
Community: Puslinch
www.drumlinfarm.ca

Visit the greenhouses, beehives, and apple orchard, or go for a hayride, and enjoy some tasty snacks. Feed the horses, go for a stroll on the walking trails, and visit the Chantecler chickens. Vegetables, eggs and other goodies for sale!  

Elora Farmers' Market
127 East Mill Street, Elora, Ontario
GPS Coordinates: 43.681024,-80.429839
Community: Centre Wellington
www.elorafarmersmarket.com

Spend the morning in beautiful Bissell Park and meet the people who grow your food. Have breakfast and take home a full range of locally produced and prepared foods. The market is open from 9am - 1pm.

Erin Valley Elk
Mike Maziarz
5179 Eramosa–Erin Townline, Rockwood
GPS Coordinates: 43.653559,-80.120930
Community: Erin
www.evelk.ca

Feed the elk apples and carrots and be sure to pick up elk, venison, bison or wild boar from the farm store while you’re here!

Fraberts Fresh Foods
Chef Derek Roberts and Jackie Fraser
105 Queen St West, Unit 3, Fergus
GPS Coordinates: 43.704701,-80.376378
Community: Centre Wellington
www.frabertsfreshfood.com

Come visit Fraberts Fresh Foods, located in the historic river marketplace in Fergus. Chef Derek and some of Fraberts’ suppliers will have local food for you to sample, and there are tons of great things for you to pick up to take home for lunch or dinner!

Harmony Meadows Alpaca
Kristi and Rob Mercier
6185 Sixth Line, RR #5, Belwood
GPS Coordinates: 43.743305,-80.27352
Community: Centre Wellington
www.harmonymeadowsalpaca.ca

Meet the alpaca herd or visit with the chicks. Browse the new farm store for alpaca products, chicken, eggs, honey gifts and pre-order roasters.

Heritage Hollow
Cathy Bray
5972 Second Line Erin, RR #1, Orton
GPS Coordinates: 43.751211,-80.210087
Community: Erin
www.heritagehollow.ca

Learn about heritage poultry and the different colour of eggs they lay!  Romp around the pumpkin patch and enjoy the country setting!

Magda Farm and Trout Lily Greenhouses
Nick Dalton and Vera Top
5877 4th Line, Guelph Eramosa 
GPS Coordinates: 43.687554, -80.261908
Community: Guelph Eramosa
www.magdafarm.ca

Meet the cows, pigs, chickens and farm pets. Learn about alternative methods of raising livestock, including pasturing poultry and management intensive grazing. Let the pigs tell you how happy they are in their wooded pasture.

Smoyd Potato Farm
Kevin Smith and Carol Boyd
6204 Fifth Line, RR #4, Fergus
GPS Coordinates: 43.748404,-80.310574
Community: Centre Wellington

Find unique potato varieties you didn’t even know existed grown on this 4-acre potato farm. Smoyd grows nearly 100,000 kg of potatoes per year, so be sure to take some home!

Strom's Farm
Channing and Amy Strom
5089 Wellington Rd #32, Guelph
GPS Coordinates: 43.496851,-80.292958
Community: Guelph Eramosa
www.strom.ca

Experience autumn with a Strom’s pumpkin pie, romp through the 6 acre corn maze, take a wagon ride, and partake in pumpkin chuckin’.  Please note there is a fee for the Harvest Fun area.

Thatcher Farms and the Farmer's Wife Bakery
Dana and Adam Thatcher & Family
5727 5th Line of Eramosa, RR #1, Rockwood
GPS Coordinates: 43.680053,-80.230891
Community: Guelph Eramosa
www.thatcher-farms.com

Visit the Country Store, Butcher Shoppe and Bakery and pick up some Fall Harvest decorations. Pull up a straw bale and enjoy some live music from the porch along with a farm-made lunch. Learn how Thatcher Farms raises beef, pork, lamb, chicken and turkey.

Top Market Meats
Leslie Zinger
5887 Splint Road, RR #1, Ariss
GPS Coordinates: 43.579253,-80.404101
Community: Guelph Eramosa
www.topmarketmeats.ca

Tour this 5th Generation Family Farm and visit with the Tamworth pigs, lambs, ducks, chickens and goats. Learn about raising rabbits and the benefits of rabbit meat, and enter the pig calling contest to win great prizes! And don't forget to pick up something delicious from the farm store.

White Rock Ostrich Farm
Don and Deborah Simmonds
13085 Fourth Line, RR #2, Rockwood
GPS Coordinates: 43.577624,-80.080054
Community: Guelph Eramosa
www.whiterockostrichfarm.com

Take a hay wagon tour and feed the ostriches. Pick up Canadian-made ostrich leather products and an ostrich burger! 

Tours are $5.00 per adult and $3.00 for kids 18 and under. Feed the yearlings for $2.00 and enjoy an ostrich burgers for $6.00.

Whole Circle Farm
Johann and Maggie Kleinsasser
8786 Wellington Rd #50, RR #3, Acton
GPS Coordinates: 43.656759,-80.104009
Community: Guelph Eramosa
www.wholecirclefarm.ca

Visit the pigs, cows and chickens at this organic farm. Guided tours are offered all day. Talk directly with the farmers and shop at their self-serve farm store.