at the Rockwood Farmer’s Market
If you are not from central Ontario, you may not know where the town of Rockwood is. The small village is in Guelph Eramosa township just east of Guelph, north of Milton, and about 1-hour drive west of Toronto. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, camper, or hiker you will want to become familiar with Rockwood, and plan your visit.
Visitors from far and wide come to Rockwood to experience the natural beauty of the Rockwood Conservation Area – a popular recreation spot for campers, hikers, boaters, and picnic enthusiasts. The park boasts impressive views and natural wonders such as caves, limestone cliffs, the beautiful waters of the Eramosa River, glacial bluffs, and over 200 glacial potholes throughout the area. The conservation area is also home to the Harris Woollen Mill ruins – the remains of a 19th-century woollen mill and a popular backdrop for wedding & engagement photos.
We have lived in Guelph for over 20 years and enjoyed many afternoon hikes throughout this tranquil local spot. Not to mention recognizing her beauty in movies like Cheaper by The Dozen 2 (amongst others). If you enjoy being out in nature, exploring geological wonders, and doing outdoor activities, a day trip to Rockwood should be on your radar.
Rockwood Farmers Market
There is nothing quite like a trip to a local farmer’s Market during the height of the growing and harvest seasons. Whether you are on vacation, exploring other communities on a day trip, or just sticking around your local area, it is the perfect outing. You can always count on many options for farm fresh produce, meats & cheeses, baked goods, food vendors, and fresh-cut flowers to brighten your home. You also meet the makers, growers, and farmers who produce the food and items you purchase.
Thank you, Instagram
Instagram introduces us to some delightful discoveries. One day a suggested post came up in my feed and directed my attention to the creative world of White Tail Bakery. I was in love with the beauty and artistry of their baked goods and knew I needed to check them out.
WhiteTail bakery posted they would be at the Rockwood Farmer’s Market on Wednesday. I didn’t even know there was a Rockwood farmers market until that moment. The Market began a few years back, and while small, it is worth a visit. They are open Wednesdays between 4-7 pm, giving you the perfect farmers market experience without a Saturday morning crowd.
In the town of Rockwood, at the Rockwood Farmer’s Market, we found the latest entry in our Butter Tart Quest.
Matt-Sam Wood is the owner of (and creative genius behind) WhiteTail Bakery. He operates a by-appointment and pop-up bakery & food truck that you will find at the Rockwood Farmers Market on Wednesday evenings. He makes everything with “no fillers or questionable ingredients” and focuses on locally sourced ingredients.
Some flavour options available at WhiteTail Bakery are plain, raisin, mixed nuts, maple, chocolate bits, and seasonal flavours like peach-whisky and pumpkin.
These butter tarts are well-crafted and evenly baked. The slight variations in appearance between the pastries demonstrate that they are hand-rolled and pressed. The crust is lightly golden, and the filling is beautifully caramelized.
The pastry is very light and flaky. It is delicate enough to melt in your mouth but sturdy enough to hold up as you eat them. The delicious buttery-flavoured pastry has a wonderful taste, texture, flavour, and delightful finish.
How can a filling be gooey and gelatinous at the same time? I don’t know, but this is.
The filling is so buttery, creamy, & smooth, with a velvety mouthfeel. The brown sugar buttery flavour is on point. The sweetness is there, but it is not an overly sweet taste – it is just the right amount of sweetness to enjoy.
Crust To Filling Ratio
Everything about this tart is well thought out, including proportions. The crust isn’t too thick to be pasty or too thin to be crumbly. The filling is plentiful but not so much that it spills over.
This is a delightful butter tart. This is an excellent option if you want a lovely butter tart to bring home to your family. Everything about this is enjoyable. You can eat it as you walk or in the car on the way home without fear of making a mess. There is just a hint of oozing of the filling to get that mouth feel we enjoy with a butter tart.
While we visited WhiteTail Bakery, we also purchased some of his hand-decorated sugar cookies – which had a tip of the hat to the Rockwood Farmer’s Market. They are gorgeous. The chocolate and cranberry biscotti are light, crisp, and delicious. His almond plum tarts are mildly sweet, with juicy plum slices and a rich shortbread crust. Nick’s biggest regret was not getting more of these.
I cannot emphasize enough – the sheer beauty, craftsmanship, and artistry that is WhiteTail Bakery. Check out their Instagram. His tagline is delicious, simple, and beautiful, and he does not disappoint. Everything he makes – cookies, tarts, cupcakes, custom cakes all look too good to eat, but trust me, they taste even better.
*note: All butter tart reviews are the opinions of Roguetrippers only, based on our experiences and personal preferences. Your opinions may vary. If you know of a fantastic bakery making what you think are Ontario’s Best butter tarts, we would love to hear from you. Let us know about them, so we can plan a future road trip to check them out and include them in our #ButterTartQuest.
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