The countryside of Waterloo Region is filled with small roadside stands selling everything from maple syrup, fresh eggs and flowers, to summer sausage (a Mennonite specialty!) and baking. Known as Farm Gates stands, they offer an opportunity for consumers to meet producers and experience farm fresh produce.
Explore Waterloo Region is developing a Farm Gate Map to make it easier to find these hidden gems, and is encouraging people to help them populate the map with their favourite Farm Gates. To further encourage visitors to explore Waterloo Region's rural side, they've put together the #ExploreWRFarmGates Contest - find out more!
You see the gates everywhere as you drive through Waterloo Region’s countryside – road side stands known as Farm Gates offering everything from summer sausage and eggs to fresh picked fruits and vegetables.
To help you know where to find local farm gate stands, Explore Waterloo Region has developed a Farm Gate Map for the region.
“Waterloo Region is home to some of the province’s best agricultural land,” says Minto Schneider, CEO of Explore Waterloo Region. “Our Farm Gate Map will help connect people with local producers so they can take advantage of all the local products available throughout Waterloo Region’s townships.”
The Farm Gate Map includes stands in the townships of Woolwich, North Dumfries, Wellesley and Wilmot, with the number of locations continuing to grow. “We’re adding additional farm gates to the map as we discover them,” says Schneider, “and we’re hoping people will help us by providing the locations of their favourite Waterloo Region farm gate stands!”
Share a picture and the location of your favourite farm gate by tagging Explore Waterloo Region on social media using the hashtag #ExploreWRFarmGates. Each submission received using the hashtag will be entered for a chance to win a gift card for a 100% locally made meal at Jacob’s Grill in St. Jacobs, or Marbles Restaurant in UpTown Waterloo!
Pictures must be posted by midnight on August 16th, 2019 to be eligible for the prize.
Share your Farm Gate Finds with #ExploreWR for a chance to Win!